Conservation assistance available

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The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit the local Conservation Service office to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible funding opportunities.

The application process is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year. The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds is Nov. 15.

Financial assistance is available to eligible applicants for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP. Farmers engaged in livestock or agricultural production and owners of non-industrial private forestland are eligible.

The office also offers information about the Mississippi River Basin Watershed Initiative and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program.

All recipients of assistance are required to develop a conservation plan.

For information, contact Billy Finkbeiner, district conservationist, at 765-2273. The USDA Service Center is 250 Sportsman's Lake Road, Elizabethtown, just off Lincoln Parkway.

Another Farm Bill program is changing its enrollment period. Because no 2012 advance direct payments are available for its DCP or ACRE programs, the Farm Service Agency will not begin enrollment in October.

The enrollment period begins Jan. 23, according to John W. McCauley, FSA state executive director.