Florida Ag Producers can apply for financial assistance until March 20
Gainesville, Fla., Dec. 16, 2014 – Agricultural producers can apply until March 20th for 2015 financial assistance to make natural resource improvements through several specific initiatives.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has designated funding for longleaf pine forests, seasonal high tunnels, pollinators, water quality, organic farming, on-farm energy and gopher tortoise habitat. Farmers and ranchers can apply through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Longleaf pine initiative--helps private landowners improve the sustainability and profitability of longleaf pine forest ecosystems.
Seasonal high tunnel initiative--helps producers install high tunnels designed to extend the growing season, increase productivity, keep plants at a steady temperature and conserve water and energy.
Pollinators-- helps producers develop habitat for pollinators.
National water quality initiative—helps producers in Deep Creek and Clarks Creek watersheds on the Lower St. Johns River and the Little Scurlock Creek on the Lower Choctawhatchee River to improve water quality.
Organic initiative--helps producers install conservation practices on USDA certified organic operations or those working toward organic certification.
On-farm energy initiative--helps producers conserve energy on their operations.
Working lands for wildlife initiative—helps producers create gopher tortoise habitat.
Do you want help conserving resources on your farm or ranch? The first step is to develop a conservation plan with a NRCS specialist. Contact your local field office in Florida. Learn more about participating in conservation programs at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.