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This is a GREAT program! (My husband and I are apart of the EQIP program in
our area... not sure how it works in other areas, but females applying get
a bigger percentage of costs covered with the grant than do males!)  [?]
~Amanda

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 7:20 AM, Teri Hamlin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 2012 NRCS Organic EQIP and High Tunnel Programs
>
>   There will be three cut-off dates for the 2012 Organic EQIP and High
> Tunnel programs:  *Feb. 3, Mar. 30 and June 1.  *
>
> This means that all applications received prior to those dates are
> reviewed and ranked for contracts.
>
>
>
> The Organic EQIP program offers to pay farmers per acre for practices such
> as cover cropping, crop rotations and nutrient management as well as to
> setup micro-irrigation systems and cross fencing for pastures.  This
> program allows up to three years before participating farms must certify
> organic.   Farms must have produced (not necessarily sold) $1,000 worth of
> agriculture products in the last couple years on the land to be eligible.
> Farms must have had some other form of watering (even hand watering) to be
> eligible for cost sharing on wells and irrigation.  There are benefits to
> those who have farm for less than ten years or are considered socially
> disadvantaged.
>
>
>
> The best way to take advantage of the full suite of NRCS programs is to contact
> your local service center <http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app>and
> ask for their help in developing a conservation plan for your farm
>
> --
> Dr. Teri Hamlin
> North Region Agriculture Education
> Georgia Department of Education
> 204C Four Towers University of Georgia
> Athens, Ga 30602
> 706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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>
>


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*~Amanda Hefner*
    OCHS Agriculture & FFA
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