Annually, applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) are batched for funding consideration. December 2, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year 2012 funding consideration, according to Denise Gauer, resource conservationist with the NRCS, Huron.
The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for variety of practices to maintain or improve resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development.
The WHIP program is designed for landowners that wish to develop and improve wildlife habitat on private land. The NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to eligible operators or landowners.
For more information about the EQIP and WHIP, please contact your local NRCS office. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov.