Conservation funding applications available until April 18

JAMESTOWN – New York farmers and landowners located in the Chautauqua Lake Agricultural Phosphorus and Sediment Reduction watersheds, have until April 18 to apply for 2014 conservation program funding under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and overall benefit to the environment.

In New York state, EQIP funds are used to treat water quality resource concerns on cropland, pastureland, and farmsteads. This effort will target cost share and technical assistance for producers to install conservation practices that minimize sediment and nutrient runoff to help restore, preserve and protect Chautauqua Lake, specifically to private lands in the Goose Creek and Prendergast Creek watersheds.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New York is pleased to offer the EQIP Chautauqua Lake Agricultural Phosphorus and Sediment Reduction program for portions of the Chautauqua Lake watershed. The program will assist farmers in the Goose Creek and Prendergast Creek watersheds to continue to enhance the stewardship of their land and provide more conservation practices on the ground,” said Ben Schmidt, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist.

To apply for EQIP, contact Robert Halbohm, District Conservationist at 664-2351 extension 115.

General information regarding NRCS New York Conservation Programs can be found at www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.