Florida conservation cost-share sign-up deadline extended

01/27/2014 10:58:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

high tunnelCourtesy Natural Resources Conservation ServiceYou may be eligible for NRCS cost-share funds if you plan to build a high tunnel, also known as a hoop house.Congress has extended the deadline to Feb. 21 for Florida producers to sign up for cost-sharing for several conservation programs contained in the 2008 Farm Bill.

The funding falls under the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program—or EQIP—that helps with practices designed to benefit the environment, according to a news release.

Among those is the Organic Initiative, which helps producers install conservation practices that help them obtain organic certification, and the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, which helps producers install high tunnels or hoop houses designed to extend the growing season.

Other programs that qualify for cost sharing include the On-Farm Energy Initiative, Working Lanes for Wildlife Initiative, Longleaf Pine Initiative and the Gulf of Mexico Initiative.

For more information, visit the NRCS Website.

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