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Central IL Migratory Water Fowl Habitat Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl through the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


NRCS partners with the University of Illinois (U of I) to help producers address resource concerns such as improving wildlife habitat and water quality. Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement drainage water management and cover crop practices.


The primary focus is installation of drainage water management practices, which allow producers to manage water that normally leaves the farm through tile drainage. By working with NRCS and the U of I, landowners can manage water more efficiently and allow more habitat for migratory water fowl, such as the American Golden Plover. Drainage water management practices can be installed on new or existing field tile drainage systems located throughout central Illinois.   


NRCS RCPP funding is available to producers whose land is located in the following counties:  Christian, Macon, Shelby, Piatt, Moultrie, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Vermilion, Edgar and Clark.


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. NRCS reminds producers they can submit an EQIP application to their local field office at any time throughout the year.

To apply, eligible producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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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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