2013-02-07 / Ag News

NRCS has EQIP opportunity for North Dakota grazing land

The North Dakota Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) opportunity for producers in central and eastern North Dakota.

NRCS will provide cost share assistance on eligible practices that will improve grazing land opportunities on expired Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres and other grasslands to the north and east of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Preference is given to producers in the counties of McLean, Sheridan, Burleigh, Stutsman, Emmons, Logan and McIntosh, particularly with tracts of CRP that will have expired by 2014.

“Due to the overwhelming conservation success of CRP, we are excited to offer this unique opportunity through our EQIP program,” NRCS State Conservationist Mary Podoll said. “As NRCS continues to work with partners and landowners in pursuing soil health and enhancing grazing opportunities for livestock producers, developing innovative conservation opportunities is paramount to us reaching our soil health goals and to enhancing grazing lands. This new opportunity through EQIP is a prime example of conservation innovation.”

Practices eligible for EQIP funding include fence installation (cross and border), water infrastructure development (wells, springs, wetland restoration, stock tank construction, etc.), prescribed grazing and several other practices that will enhance grazing opportunities.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS service center for a full list of eligible practices, eligibility requirements and to start an application. Applications submitted by March 15, 2013, will be considered for funding.

Participating producers are also eligible for enrollment in a separate program for grassland conservation carbon credits administered by Ducks Unlimited. Producers could expect payments of $30 an acre or more, in addition to payment for a long-term grassland conservation easement.

Producers may contact Randal Dell, (701) 355-3593 or at rdell@ducks.org for further details.

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