The following information and services are offered to the public by Thurston County noxious weed control:
Educational displays of select noxious weed species are available for use at community events. Please call 360-786-5576 for information about availability. Click the links to access the large PDF documents.
Technical and financial assistance for control of Scotch Broom on grazing land and forest land is now possible under the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)!
To qualify for funding:
Reimbursement rates and to be treated will depend on where the treatment area is located, the presence of native plants, and planned land use.
Applications are now being accepted for consideration in the NRCS office.
Please follow these links for more information about the program and the application.
NEWS RELEASE: Deadline for Environmental Quality Incentives Program set for January 17, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. (November 8, 2013) – Agricultural producers have until January 17, 2014 to apply for financial and technical assistance through Washington’s most popular conservation program, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, technical and financial assistance program designed to help farmers improve irrigation efficiency; manage nutrient run-off and/or animal waste; improve the health of native plant communities; and reduce soil loss. In most instances, producers who participate in the program pay for roughly half of the costs of the conservation measures or practices.
While applications are accepted on a continuous basis, the cut-off date for this application period is January 17, 2014.
According to NRCS, there will be a second signup cut-off set for March 21, 2014 and a third cut-off on May 16, 2014 if additional funding becomes available.
“EQIP is NRCS’ most popular conservation program, providing valuable conservation assitance to producers on Washington’s working lands,” Assistant State Conservationist Jeff Harlow said, “Applicants who want to be considered for a fiscal year 2014 EQIP contract will need to have a signed application on file by the application deadline.”
In 2013, Washington agricultural producers qualified for nearly $13.1 million in financial assistance through the program, according to NRCS.
While NRCS programs operate on a year-round signup basis, and producers can file applications at any time, periodic ranking deadlines are established so applications on file at that time can be evaluated for the next available funding allocation.
Applicants must provide a DUNS number, be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), and maintain an active registration with current information prior to applying for funding and to remain eligible for payments under a funded contract. For more information regarding DUNS and SAM, or if interested in applying for EQIP funding, contact the local NRCS field office, located through the web site at: Service Center locator.
For more information please call or email:
Jeff Swotek, Resource Conservationist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Ste. E
Olympia, WA 98512
Fax: (360) 704-7742
Thurston Conservation District
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