Conservation Assistance Offered to Farmers through January 16

OWENSVILLE, Ohio (Dec. 23, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from Ohio farmers and non-industrial private forest land owners who want to improve the natural resources on their land.  Applications received by Friday, January 16, 2015, will be considered for funding this fiscal year.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that supports agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land, such as cover crops, conservation tillage, rotational grazing, winter feeding areas and more.

Lori Lenhart, the NRCS Conservationist for Brown and Clermont Counties, says “we enjoy working with local farmers to develop plans that best fit their operation and goals, while also protecting our soil and improving the quality of our streams and lakes.  The financial assistance available through EQIP pays a part of the cost of trying new practices, which may be just what’s needed to make trying something new worthwhile.”

In Brown and Clermont Counties, agricultural producers interested in applying for EQIP and conservation planning assistance should contact Lenhart prior to January 16 at (513) 732-2181, ext. 102 or by email at