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NRCS offers aid to drought-stricken producers

August 3, 2012

Little Rock, August 2, 2012 – Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced financial assistance is available through a special initiative for Arkansas agricultural producers impacted by the exceptional drought the state is experiencing.

Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) NRCS is addressing emergency issues associated with livestock production and recovery efforts aimed at restoration of pasture lands within the state’s exceptional and extreme drought areas.

Additional funding has been approved for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) to mitigate the effects of the drought on wildlife within forests and pastures.

While landowners statewide can apply for financial assistance, priority is given to those who have been in the exceptional drought area, defined by the National Drought Mitigation Center, the longest. A map of the areas in Arkansas is located at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

Applications are being taken at county USDA service centers through Aug. 14.

For more information on drought assistance, visit http://www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov or call your local USDA service center listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district.

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