The Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications from farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners for financial assistance through the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, which helps agricultural producers to offset the cost of conservation projects.
Examples of conservation activities include installing efficient irrigation systems to save water and reduce energy consumption; planting cover crops to improve soil health and water quality; and removing invasive juniper trees to enhance wildlife habitat.
Oregon EQIP funds are available within targeted watersheds in each county to address natural resource concerns, as identified by landowners, government agencies and conservation partners. The deadline to apply is Nov. 17.
For more information about the program, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.