GAINESVILLE— Crestview area landowners, farmers and producers can visit their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office to apply for conservation technical assistance and possible cost-share opportunities. Get more information on the Natural Resources Conservation Service and conservation assistance at the Crestview Service Center, 934 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview or call 682-2416.
Applicants who apply early have more time to resolve any program or land eligibility issues. The cutoff date for consideration is Nov. 16.
NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit soil, water, air, plants and animals.
Cost-share funding may be available to eligible applicants for the following Farm Bill programs:
• The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers facing threats to soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land.
• The voluntary Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, for developing or improving high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of national, state, tribal and local significance.
The NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to eligible private and tribal landowners for developing upland, wetland, aquatic and other types of wildlife habitat.
• The Conservation Stewardship Program, which encourages producers to address resource concerns. Producers would helm additional conservation activities and improve, maintain and manage existing conservation activities.