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Nov 23

Farm Financial Assistance Due Date Announced

Posted on November 23, 2021 at 9:05 AM by Camila Matamala-Ost

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Final application due date announced for financial assistance program 

PUYALLUP, Wash. (Oct. 21, 2021) - The Pierce Conservation District recently announced a final application deadline of March 18, 2022, for assistance to implement on-farm improvements in the Puyallup and Nisqually watersheds through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program.  

Financial and technical assistance will be provided to implement practices that benefit soil condition, water quality and quantity, and fish and wildlife habitat.  Funding is provided through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program administered by the NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. EQIP provides assistance to agricultural producers in order to improve natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion, and sedimentation or improved wildlife habitat.

The District is accepting applications immediately.  Interested farmers or landowners should contact the District at (253)845-9770 ext. 106.  Although this sign-up is being conducted by the district, all requirements of the EQIP program will still need to be met.  One requirement is that each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and complete all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements. For more information about those requirements, contact Kaitlin Davies at the local FSA office office  at (253)445-5899 or kaitlin.davies@usda.gov.

This is the fourth and final sign-up for this five-year program, which has a total of $700,000 in financial assistance to implement practices.

For more information, contact Rene’ Skaggs at renes@piercecd.org or visit the Farm Financial Assistance webpage.

This project is made possible through a partnership agreement with USDA-NRCS Washington through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which is funded through the Farm Bill. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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