2005 EQIP opportunities

Due to limited interest in Cimarron County for cropland and grazing land concerns cost-share for 2005, ranking will reopen until April 15, 2005 . EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of 10 years. EQIP activities are carried out according to a conservation plan of operations developed with the program participants. The conservation practices are subject to Oklahoma NRCS standards and specifications. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified third-party provider for technical assistance, if available.

Cost-share percentages have been set based upon recommendations from the Local Work Group and the Oklahoma State Technical Committee. Some practices are cost-shared as much as 75%. . Limited resource producers and beginning farmers may be eligible for up to 90% cost-sharing. A producer or rancher may use the self determination tool online at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/tool noname.asp to determine limited resource eligibility. Beginning farmers are considered those who have derived income from farming or ranching production for less than 10 years

Incentive payments may be provided for up to three years to encourage producers to carry out management practices they may not otherwise implement without the incentive

Cimarron County Resource Concerns This evaluation criterion addresses cropland, grazing land, and wildlife resource concerns in the county. Emphasis is on treatment providing substantial reduction in soil erosion (sheet & rill, ephemeral, wind, gully, and scour), improvement in soil health (tilth and compaction), and improved irrigation water management on cropland. For grazing lands, emphasis is on treatment of salt cedar and broom snakeweed, livestock water development, and balancing forage with livestock numbers. Wildlife emphasis is on improving cover/shelter for a variety of wildlife species. Special consideration is given to implementation of nutrient management systems, improved utilization of animal waste, closure of abandoned wells, treatment of resource concerns in addition to the priority concerns, residue management (Mulch Till, Ridge Till, and No-till), and establishing cropland to permanent vegetation.  Beginning in FY 2005, incentive payment for residue management (Mulch Till, Ridge Till, Strip Till, and No-till), will be limited to a cumulative total of 1,000 acres per producer.

Agricultural producers, individuals or entities engaged in livestock or agricultural production may apply for EQIP cost-share or incentive payments; however some circumstances may limit participation. Contact the local office for further details or go online at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002 .

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