S.D. receives funding for conservation program Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman recently announced the release of nearly $10 million in previously unallocated FY2002 funds for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). South Dakota's allocation of EQIP funds from this announcement will be $794,000.
These funds will allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to continue to implement the program this fiscal year, as authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill. This EQIP allocation will allow 16 additional applications to be funded in South Dakota in FY2002.
South Dakota was able to fund 257 EQIP applications in FY2002, totaling approximately $8.5 million. Applications received by NRCS in 2002 requesting EQIP assistance totaled approximately $21 million.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program.
that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations. Funds will help farmers and ranchers install conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, improve water use efficiencies and protect grazing land.
EQIP funds made available in FY2002 total $414 million nationwide. This includes the initial allocation of $187 million, plus $227 million from the 2002 Farm Bill. The $10 million announced by Veneman is targeted to help states where natural resources have been severely damaged by drought. The 2002 Farm Bill represents an unprecedented investment in conservation on America's private lands, nearly $13 billion over the next six years.
Additional information on EQIP and other conservation programs is on the Web at http://nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ farmbill/2002/products/html. Information to deal with drought is available at http://drought.fsa.usda.gov.