Farm News

January 20, 2004

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) at your local USDA Service Center or Conservation District office.

Landowners may apply for EQIP at any time; however, applications received by Feb. 27 will be considered for the 2004 program year. Applications received after that date will be held until the next evaluation period.

Applications are evaluated and ranked using qualifications set forth by local work groups to determine which provide the best conservation practices and address the resource concerns in Kentucky.


EQIP allows cost-share assistance to persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land. Although cost-share rates vary, they will not exceed 75 percent. Cost-share rates for beginning farmers and limited resource producers may exceed 75 percent; however, these rates will not exceed 90 percent.

Practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local conditions. A plan of operations is developed with the producer to identify appropriate conservation practices.

For more information and a list of eligible practices available in your county, contact your local USDA Service Center office. In Boyle County, contact Mary Ann Sharp, district conservationist, at (859) 238-7461.

Farm Service Agency

The Agricultural Marketing Service will suspend auction sales for burley tobacco after sales Jan. 22, resume sales Feb. 9, and conclude sales for the season Feb. 20. Suspension of burley tobacco auction sales will provide more preparation time and allow additional time for the industry to better assess the amount of production remaining to be sold.

Sales of burley tobacco at non-auction receiving stations will not be affected by the sales suspension.

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