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ENVIRO-NEWS  January 1998

ENVIRO-NEWS January 1998

Subject:

1998 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM

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Joseph Makuch <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 30 Jan 1998 08:39:02 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 08:35:35 -0800
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> 
> 1998 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM
> 
>                                             Release No. 0036.98
> 
>                                     Tom Amontree (202) 720-4623
>                                           [log in to unmask]
>                                       Diana Morse (202 720-4772
>                                            [log in to unmask]
> 
> 
>   GLICKMAN ANNOUNCES $200 MILLION FOR 1998 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES
>   PROGRAM
> 
>    WASHINGTON,  Jan. 26, 1998--Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman today
>   announced state funding allocations for $200 million for 1998 under USDA's
>   Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
> 
>    "The EQIP program proved itself a winner from the start," said
>   Glickman.  "In less than a year it has become one of the most popular
>   conservation programs at USDA, not to mention its long term environmental
>   benefits.
> 
>    "There is a strong demand for voluntary conservation efforts, and EQIP
>   helps farmers and ranchers meet that demand with financial, technical, and
>   educational assistance, as well as incentives, " Glickman said.
> 
>    Under EQIP, USDA can provide cost-share assistance to family-sized
>   farms and ranches for up to 75 percent of the costs of certain
>   environmental protection practices, such as grassed waterways, filter
>   strips, manure management facilities, capping abandoned wells, and
>   wildlife habitat enhancement.
> 
>    USDA also may provide incentive payments to encourage producers to
>   apply such land management practices as nutrient, manure, irrigation
>   water, wildlife, and integrated pest management.
> 
>    EQIP was authorized by the 1996 Farm Bill to address agriculture's
>   priority natural resource and environmental problems.  It reflects the
>   commitment of USDA and the Congress for a flexible, effective, voluntary
>   conservation program for agricultural land.
> 
>    One emphasis in EQIP is the leveraging of EQIP funds with other
>   conservation efforts to foster even greater stewardship of natural
>   resources.  This has happened around the country.   Examples include:
> 
>    --Among the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the Deer Creek EQIP
>   priority area in Harford County, Maryland, is helping farmers address
>   animal waste, the top concern in that area.  In addition to EQIP funds,
>   the Maryland Department of Agriculture provides cost-share funds and the
>   combined funding has made it possible for dairy farmers, for example, to
>   upgrade animal waste storage facilities that were prohibitively expensive
>   before.  In 1998, EQIP will also be used to assist with the Maryland
>   programs to address toxic Pfiesteria in the Chesapeake Bay drainage areas.
> 
>    --In North Carolina, more than $700,000 of EQIP funds will be joined
>   this year with more than $800,000 of state cost-share funds to reduce
>   nitrogen in the Neuse River basin by 30 percent.  Massive fish kills and
>   the discovery of Pfiesteria in the Neuse have brought this river national
>   attention.  Sources of nitrogen in the basin include swine and poultry
>   operations, municipal sewage, and agricultural runoff.  NRCS, the
>   Cooperative Extension Service, and the North Carolina Division of Soil and
>   Water Conservation have formed a partnership to help landowners in the
>   basin design and install best management practices.  Common practices that
>   will be used include nutrient management plans, riparian buffers, filter
>   strips, conservation tillage, crop rotations, stripcropping, and animal
>   waste treatment facilities.
> 
>    --In Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe and two county land conservation
>   departments have formed a partnership to reduce nonpoint source pollution
>   in the Duck and Ashwaubenon Creek watersheds in cooperation with local,
>   tribal, state, and federal agencies.  In addition to the 1998 EQIP
>   proposal for vegetative buffers, wetland restoration, nutrient and pest
>   management, and improved tillage, the state is projecting its funding at
>   $10-$15 million over a 10-year period in this priority area.
> 
>    In 1997, the first year of the EQIP program, USDA approved 23,000
>   long-term contracts with farmers and ranchers.  Nearly 58,000 applications
>   for assistance were received, with requests totaling more than three times
>   the amount of available funding.
> 
>    EQIP assistance is provided primarily to state priority areas.  Each
>   state's priority areas were determined locally and then approved by the
>   NRCS state conservationist, in conjunction with state technical committees
>   and USDA Farm Service Agency personnel.  Under EQIP, priority areas are
>   watersheds, or geographic regions, with (1) special environmental
>   sensitivity, such as important wetland areas, or (2) significant  natural
>   resource concerns, such as manure management, soil erosion control, and
>   water quality.
> 
>    For 1998, producers will be able to sign EQIP contracts once state
>   priority areas are selected for funding.  In the meantime, producers may
>   contact local USDA Service Centers and NRCS, which administers the
>   program, for information on possible eligibility for EQIP.  Producers also
>   can work with NRCS to develop their own conservation plans which are
>   required for any EQIP contract.
> 
>   State funding for EQIP program assistance announced by the Secretary is
>   as follows:
> 
>      Environmental Quality Incentives Program
>        Fiscal Year 1998 Funds Distribution
> 
>   State                               Amount
> 
>   Alabama                          $  3,200,000
>   Alaska                                432,000
>   Arizona                             5,069,000
>   Arkansas                            6,490,000
>   California                          7,558,000
>   Colorado                            6,386,000
>   Connecticut                           614,000
>   Delaware                            1,113,000
>   Florida                             4,774,000
> 
>   Georgia                             4,267,000
>   Hawaii                              1,051,000
>   Idaho                               4,143,000
>   Illinois                            4,198,000
>   Indiana                             3,180,000
>   Iowa                                5,490,000
>   Kansas                              5,188,000
>   Kentucky                            2,891,000
>   Louisiana                           5,311,000
>   Maine                               2,545,000
>   Maryland                            2,249,000
>   Massachusetts                         860,000
>   Michigan                            4,157,000
>   Minnesota                           5,569,000
>   Mississippi                         5,391,000
>   Missouri                            4,975,000
>   Montana                             6,264,000
>   Nebraska                            5,023,000
>   Nevada                              1,507,000
>   New Hampshire                         372,000
>   New Jersey                          1,070,000
>   New Mexico                          3,865,000
>   New York                            4,560,000
>   North Carolina                      5,720,000
>   North Dakota                        4,479,000
>   Ohio                                3,284,000
>   Oklahoma                            5,391,000
>   Oregon                              4,219,000
>   Pacific Basin                         516,000
>   Pennsylvania                        4,180,000
>   Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands        1,159,000
>   Rhode Island                          245,000
>   South Carolina                      2,080,000
>   South Dakota                        4,348,000
>   Tennessee                           3,056,000
>   Texas                              16,335,000
>   Utah                                3,838,000
>   Vermont                             1,218,000
>   Virginia                            2,631,000
>   Washington                          4,999,000
>   West Virginia                       1,809,000
>   Wisconsin                           4,356,000
>   Wyoming                             3,875,000
> 
>   Subtotal Distributed              197,500,000
>   Not Yet Distributed                 2,500,000
>   EQIP U.S. Total                   200,000,000
> 
>                               #
> 
>   NOTE: USDA news releases and media advisories are available on the
>   Internet. Access the USDA Home Page on the World Wide Web at
>   http://www.usda.gov
> 


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