GA NRCS announces special sign-up for Irma relief
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting enrollment for assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for farmers, ranchers and non-industrial forestland owners who suffered damage because of Tropical Storm Irma. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.
EQIP is available to help these producers treat crop, grazing and forest land damages caused by high winds, rainfall and floodwaters directly related to Hurricane Irma.
All 159 counties in Georgia are eligible for this special signup, but high priority will be given to the seven counties hardest hit as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Sept. 15, disaster declaration. These high priority counties are Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Coffee, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh.
Producers with Irma-related damages should visit their local USDA Service Center and submit their conservation program application. If they already have an application submitted through recent sign-ups, they should contact their local office to ensure it is included in this special funding cycle.
Farmers and ranchers seeking NRCS financial and technical assistance can also sign up for EQIP if already a USDA client, on-line via Conservation Client Gateway (http://bit.ly/ConservationGateway). Conservation practices available through this EQIP funding are specifically designed to address flood and wind damage and excessive runoff to address natural resource concerns caused by the hurricane, and provide future protection from exceptional storm events.
More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at http://www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov under the Programs tab.