The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is receiving an additional $200 million through the 2008 Farm Bill and 16 states will be getting $2.5 million through the Agricultural Management Assistance program.
"These additional funds will assist farmers and ranchers in solving critical natural resource problems," Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer says. "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."
The programs, which are administered by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, provide money to producers for environmental projects. EQIP offers farmers up to 75% cost share to help implement structural or management practices on private agricultural land to improve agricultural production while protecting environmental quality. AMA offers incentive payments and 75% cost share to producers to address risk management concerns linked to water management, water quality and erosion control.
For more information about these programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.