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NRCS Reminds Producers of Advance Payment Option

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:51:47 CST

NRCS Reminds Producers of Advance Payment Option USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option. This option allows them to get conservation practice payments in advance of practice implementation.

“The advance payment option makes NRCS conservation assistance more accessible to underserved producers,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “It enables them to participate without having to worry about covering up-front costs themselves or looking for a loan to cover the costs. Some farmers don’t have the financial ability to wait for the NRCS reimbursement to arrive.” Gary O'Neill, State Conservationist for Oklahoma stated that "This will help some of our producers to begin work early in the season to still be able to get their crops in the field and not miss too much of the growing season. While long-term planning is important, meeting short-terms challenges is often critical. NRCS Oklahoma is committed to being there for producers to help them address those challenges.”

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to address natural resource concerns and to deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat. In fiscal 2019, NRCS invested $1.3 billion through EQIP to implement conservation practices on more than 13 million acres.

NRCS defines A Historically Underserved Producers as one of the below:

· Beginning Farmer or Rancher - is new to farming or ranching, or, has operated a farm or ranch for less than 10-consecutive years.
· Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher - is a member of a group whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of that group without regard to their individual qualities.
· Veteran Farmer or Rancher - has served in the armed forces and has not operated a farm or ranch, has operated a farm or ranch for less than 10-consecutive years, or first obtained veteran status during the last 10 years.
· Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher - has a household income at or below the national poverty level. Eligibility can be determined by using this online tool.

Under the advance payment option, such producers may request payments when they have final designs and job sheets and are ready to begin their EQIP practices. Advance payments provide at least 50 percent of the payment rate for each practice. The funds must be spent within 90 days of receipt and practices must be completed as agreed to in an EQIP plan of operations. Producers also may opt to have NRCS pay the contractors or vendors directly.

EQIP practices include vegetative practices, structural practices, management practices, and other improvements that further program goals such as conservation activity plans.


   

 

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