Alexandria, LA – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Louisiana is offering targeted technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in 11 parishes to improve soil, water, plant, air and wildlife habitat on their land. This assistance is part of USDA’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity.
The targeted StrikeForce assistance is being offered in Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, and West Carroll Parishes through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns, such as water quality and quantity, soil erosion, and wildlife habitat.
USDA launched the StrikeForce initiative in 2010 in three states—Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi—to help increase economic opportunities in poverty-stricken rural areas. Today, the StrikeForce initiative has grown to include more than 700 rural counties, parishes, boroughs and tribal reservations in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
“StrikeForce EQIP funding will help farmers and ranchers improve their lands while making a positive economic impact in the local area,” said Kevin Norton, State Conservationist in Louisiana. “Producers who are interested should visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible. The application period for 2014 StrikeForce EQIP funding ends on July 25, 2014.”
Applications for EQIP funding are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year; however to be considered for the targeted 2014 StrikeForce EQIP funding, applications must be received by close of business on July 25, 2014.
StrikeForce is creating conservation opportunities in rural communities and tribes across the nation. For more information and StrikeForce successes, visit the NRCS StrikeForce webpage or your local NRCS office. To get started with NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. Learn more about the Farm Bill at www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.