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Conservation program application dates announced



RENO, Nev. — Sign-up dates for two conservation programs have been announced by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Applications for Agricultural Management Assistance and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program are due Feb. 12.

According to Bruce Petersen, NRCS state conservationist, applications for AMA and WHIP are accepted on a continuous basis. “However, we are encouraging producers to apply by Feb. 12 so they can be considered for funding this fiscal year,” he said.

AMA provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to address issues such as water management, water quality and erosion control. Producers may construct or improve water management or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification. Transitioning to organic farming and installing a high tunnel are also covered under AMA.

WHIP is a voluntary program to develop or improve wildlife habitat on private and Tribal lands. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help landowners prepare and implement a wildlife habitat development plan.

Applications received after Feb. 12 will be considered in a second batching period that will close on March 12, to allocate any funds that remain after the first sign-up.

More information is available at your local USDA service center or online at http://www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov/.

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