For Immediate Release
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State Public Affairs Specialist
Applications must be received by Aug. 21, 2012
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE PROVIDES DROUGHT ASSISTANCE
ATHENS, GA, August 13, 2012 -James E. Tillman Sr., State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia announced the NRCS has financial assistance funds available for drought-affected counties under Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers. Applications for the EQIP drought assistance are due Aug. 21, 2012.
This assistance is part of continuing steps by the Obama Administration to assist producers in response to the historic drought. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted that USDA will provide nearly $30 million to producers struggling with drought conditions: $16 million in immediate financial and technical assistance for producers in 19 states and a transfer of $14 million into the Emergency Conservation Program.
Through EQIP, farmers can apply for numerous practices designed to provide immediate drought relief.
Landowners with a current EQIP contract can also request a contract modification to re-schedule planned conservation practices such as prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities, water conservation and other conservation activities on pasture and forest land until drought conditions improve.
Counties in Georgia receiving assistance are indicated by the US Drought Monitor Data shown below on the attached map under D3 Drought - Extreme and D4 Drought - Exceptional.
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