Application deadline for conservation program admission approaches
News from the Natural Resources Conservation Service
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana has set an Aug. 30, 2019, application cutoff for agricultural operators to be considered for the next conservation program funding cycle through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
This year the Ronan NRCS office has developed a ‘Targeted Implementation Plan’ for the Miller Coulee Watershed to assist farmers and ranchers with improving irrigation efficiencies by upgrading irrigation systems. Eligible farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to improve currently irrigated land by converting from flood-irrigation to sprinklers or by converting existing hand lines and wheel lines to pivot irrigation systems. Lands eligible for this project must be within the “Focused Area,” which is between Ronan and Pablo, west of U.S. Highway 93 and north of Crow Creek. Contact the Ronan NRCS Office to confirm if your land is within the project area. To be eligible lands must have been irrigated two of the past five years.
NRCS provides funding and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations. Conservation program participation is voluntary and helps landowners and operators defray the costs of installing conservation practices. Landowners wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to contact the Ronan NRCS office by Aug. 30 at 406-676-2841 ext. 3.