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USDA conservation funding now available

Farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in any of the following programs need to apply by March 20, for funding in 2023.

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, is announcing the 30day open application window, ending on March 20, for farmers, rancher and landowners to sign up for USDA conservation funding.

Andi Neugebauer, acting NRCS State Conservationist in Wyoming, announces that farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in any of the following programs need to apply by March 20, for funding in 2023. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wyoming.

“The Farm Bill allows NRCS to support conservation that ensures cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resources benefits,”Neugebauer said. “By getting the applications in early, NRCS staff will have time to assist in planning conservation practice needs.”

All eligible applications received by March 20, will be prioritized, evaluated, and ranked for funding in 2023. Farmers may contact their local USDA Service Center to get started on producer eligibility and planning. Neugebauer reminds farmers who are interested in practices that may require permits, such as manure storage or streambank restoration, to begin planning and seeking permits as soon as possible.

Special incentives are also available for beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged and other historically underserved customers at increased payment rates.

Landowners interested in applying for consideration in any of the listed programs should contact their local NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for their county.

For more information, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.

NRCS does accept applications for all programs year around and farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to continually work with their local NRCS office personnel to better understand which programs will best work for them.

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