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Conservation funding available ag producers

by Nevada State News
Image: Greg Newby (l) and Teri Knight celebrate the installation of a new solar pumping plant.

RENO — The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers apply conservation practices on their private land as well as public land allotments. 

Producers are encouraged to apply for funds available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program.

Applications must be received before 4 p.m. on April 10, 2020 to be considered in the first batching period. 

EQIP is a voluntary, financial assistance program that provides funding for the implementation of conservation practices to address resource concerns related to a variety of land uses and habitats, including improving sage-grouse habitat, managing livestock, improvements for irrigation efficiency and reducing soil loss. 

“Working together, we have installed more than 10 miles of new livestock pipeline; 209,200 gallons of water storage in nine repurposed storage tanks; and eight troughs that provide an additional 9,600 gallons of water for livestock and wildlife. Two wells now have solar panels as pumping plants, too,” said Teri Knight, NRCS district conservationist.

IMAGE: Greg Newby (l) and Teri Knight celebrate the installation of a new solar pumping plant.

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