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Marshall-Putnam Special Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding in Marshall and Putnam Counties for the MRB-Big Bend Enhancing Water-Soil-Habitat Quality project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


NRCS partners with Marshall-Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District to help producers address resource concerns such as degraded water quality and soil erosion. Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement practices such as denitrifying bioreactors, grassed waterways, and water and sediment control basins. The project focus is to improve water quality in Marshall and Putnam Counties.


NRCS RCPP funding will be available only to producers with land located in Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois. To take advantage of this conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit applications by the application cutoff dates of April 19 and May 17, 2019. However, producers are welcome to submit applications at any time to the NRCS Field Office in Henry, Illinois because applications are accepted throughout the year.


To apply, eligible producers should contact the NRCS Henry Field Office at 1511 University Court, Henry, Illinois 61537. Phone: 309-364-3913 ext. 3.

 

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Macon County Upper Sangamon River Watershed Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offers funding in Macon County for the Upper Sangamon River Watershed project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 


NRCS partners with Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District to help producers address resource concerns, such as degraded water quality and soil erosion. Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement practices such as drainage water management, denitrifying bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crops, nutrient management, and no-till. The project focus is to improve water quality in Macon County’s portion of the Upper Sangamon River Watershed.


NRCS RCPP funding is available to Macon County producers whose land is located in the Upper Sangamon River Watershed. To take advantage of the conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit applications by application cutoff dates of April 19 and May 17, 2019. However, producers are encouraged to submit applications at any time to the NRCS Decatur Field Office because applications are accepted throughout the year.


To apply, eligible producers should contact the NRCS Decatur Field Office at 3342 President Howard Brown Blvd, Decatur, Illinois 62521. Phone: 217-877-5670 ext. 3.

 

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NRCS Special EQIP Initiatives

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Illinois will offer funding for the following Landscape Conservation Initiatives throughout the state: the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). Producers who have agricultural, pasture, or forest land in an established initiative project area can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Using this program, they can implement a range of conservation practices that will improve water quality, decrease soil erosion, and improve wildlife habitat.


To compete for funds in the initiative project areas, producers must complete and submit an application by one of two cutoff dates, April 19 and May 17, 2019.  NRCS encourages producers to apply for EQIP financial assistance at any time throughout the year, as they accept applications on a continuous basis.


Contact your local NRCS field office to obtain more details about a specific initiative and to see if your land or farm is located in one of the project areas. To learn more about NRCS programs and services in Illinois, visit NRCS online at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.


The following is a list of Initiative projects and the counties/watersheds where 2019 funding is available:


MRBI—Mississippi River Basin Initiative


Clinton Lake – Includes portions of DeWitt, McLean and Piatt Counties
Crow Creek West/Clear Creek – Includes portions of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties
Upper Macoupin Creek – Includes portions of Macoupin County
Vermilion Headwaters – Includes portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and McLean Counties


NWQI - National Water Quality Initiative_


Douglas Creek Watershed – Includes portions of St. Clair County
Crooked Creek-Bon Pas Watershed – Includes portions of Richland, Wabash, Edwards, and Lawrence Counties
Lake Vermilion Watershed – Includes portions of Vermilion County
Lake De Revey Watershed – Includes portions of Vermilion County
Painter Creek Watershed – Includes portions of Vermilion County
Lake Bloomington – Money Creek Watershed – Includes portions of McLean County
Blue Mound – Money Creek Watershed – Includes portions of McLean County

 

 

 

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