Cullman’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office remains open during government shutdown

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CULLMAN – Cullman’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office will remain open during the government shutdown to aid local farmers with Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications.

For producers, the signup deadline for this batching date is Jan. 25, 2019  for 2019 funding for EQIP, which includes energy retrofits, wildlife, forestry, cropland erosion, grazing land and water quality concerns.

Applications are accepted on a continual basis; however, selecting applications for funding is completed periodically through batching periods with specific cut-off dates.

In the EQIP programs, eligible producers may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.

The first step for producers should be to contact their Cullman County NRCS office at 734-6471 ext. 3 or come to the NRCS office at 501-B Fourth St. SW, Cullman for specific information on how to apply.

Individuals are not eligible until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility requirements.