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Northeast States Get Extra EQIP Funds

USDA releases an extra $2.5 million; 12 of 16 recipient states are in Northeast.

This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an additional $2.5 million would be sent to 16 states for targeted Environmental Quality Incentives Program projects. Recipient states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia

"These additional funds will assist farmers in solving critical natural resource problems," notes Ag Secretary Ed Schafer. "Voluntary incentive-based programs like EQIP and AMA are the key to helping producers meet their conservation goals and provide the public with important benefits such as cleaner water, improved air quality, healthy soils, and abundant wildlife."

EQIP helps farmers and ranchers improve agricultural production while protecting environmental quality. EQIP offers up to 75% in cost sharing to help install or implement structural and management practices on private agricultural land. Limited resource producers and beginning farmers may be eligible for higher rates in EQIP – up to 90% in cost-share assistance.

For additional information about EQIP, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip.

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