Sign up begins for EQUIP, Hoop, Houses On-Farm Energy initiatives

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the first of three ranking period cut-off dates for the Environ-mental Quality Incent-ives Program Organic, High Tunnel (Hoop Houses) and On-Farm Energy Initiatives is Feb. 3.

Producers interested in any of these three programs should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

The organic initiative will focus on individuals who are currently certified organic or are transitioning to become certified organic. NRCS provides assistance to eligible producers for installation of conservation practices on agricultural operations related to organic production.

The Season High Tunnel (Hoop House) Initiative will assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.  This initiative will also assist in improving plant quality, soil quality, air quality, reducing nutrient and pesticide transport, along with reducing energy use as well.

The On-Farm Energy Initiative will be used to specifically address energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of energy conservation plans. 

Local NRCS offices will accept applications on a continuous basis. The first ranking period cut-off date as mentioned is Feb. 3.  The second cut-off ranking date is March 30, with the third cut-off date being June 1.

For more information, visit the NRCS website www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/home or contact NRCS District Conservationist Paul Veech at (502) 732-6098.


2012 DCP/ACRE Programs

USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds producer’s enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program began Jan. 23 and runs through June 1.

“Farmers in Kentucky who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must do’ jobs,” McCauley said. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”

Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1.

For more information about DCP and ACRE programs or other FSA programs, contact the Carroll County FSA Office at (502) 732-6931 or visit the state FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ky.

Dates of interest

 Jan. 31 and Feb. 1: The Vegetable Academy:  A Short Course to Advance Vegetable Production in Kentucky, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (both days), Henry County Extension Office. Cost: $30. RSVP to the Carroll County Extension Office by Jan. 27.

Feb. 1: Agricultural Development Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Feb. 9: Agricultural Development Council and Fund Inc. Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Feb. 21: Pruning Plants in the Landscape Industry, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.


Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.