By Elmer Ward
The Vermillion River Basin Implementation Project, which covers parts of 14 counties up and down the Vermillion River, in partnership with USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), is still providing technical and financial assistance to producers within the Vermillion River Basin.
The financial portion of the project is a partnership with the EQIP Program and is intended to help clean up the waters of the Vermillion River.
The two main conservation practices used by the project to assist in achieving this goal are Animal Waste Management Systems and Riparian Area Management.
Both of these practices have priority areas established within two miles of the main stem of the river.
Individual operators outside the priority area can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and can be determined to be eligible to participate if the benefits to the project are great enough.
The technical assistance to producers is provided to help implement the programs of the Farm Bill such as CRP, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and Conservation Security Program.
If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the project, contact the conservation district in your home county or call the project coordinator, Elmer Ward, at (605) 280-8518 and set up an appointment to get your answers.