Deadline approaches for agriculture project funds

KINGMAN - The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), with an application deadline of Oct. 1.

NRCS will review applications received by this date and rank them for fiscal year 2011 funding.

Agriculture producers are encouraged to apply throughout the year for EQIP, WHIP, and other Farm Bill programs administered by NRCS.

"The Oct. 1 deadline is simply so we set a time to review and rank applications for funding," said David McKay, NRCS state conservationist.

"Farmers and ranchers can apply whenever they are ready to plan improvements to their land's natural resources.

"Additional application ranking deadlines may be announced throughout the year."

NRCS has 24 field offices throughout Arizona, including one in Kingman, with experts ready to help farmers and ranchers get the best use out of the land's natural resources.

Contact the Kingman office at (928) 753-6183, and visit the web at www.az.nrcs.usda.gov to learn more about the technical and financial help NRCS provides.