The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering an opportunity for agricultural producers to improve water quality in the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. Under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), producers may receive financial help with conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, conservation tillage, filter strips and more. Farmers in the East Fork watershed – including those in Brown, Clermont, Clinton, and Highland counties, can submit applications for funding through November 16, 2018.
NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance to help farmers, with approved applications, determine which conservation actions will provide the greatest environmental benefits to improve water quality. Lori Lenhart, the NRCS District Conservationist for Brown and Clermont Counties, says, “Through EQIP, we are able to give producers both financial and one-on-one help to plan and implement conservation practices, such as cover crops, nutrient management and others which lead to healthier soils, cleaner water and improved agricultural operations.”
Farmers in the East Fork watershed interested in applying should contact their county NRCS office. In Clermont and Brown Counties, contact Lori Lenhart at (513) 732-2181 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Clinton County, contact Josh Wilt at (937) 382-2461 or email@example.com, and in Highland County, Kyle Wheeler at (937) 393-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.