The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has received its allocation for conservation cost-share programs for 2007; nearly $72.5 million for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and $665,000 for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). Agricultural producers interested in funding for 2007 need to apply at their local NRCS office by Dec. 15, 2006.

“Visit your local NRCS office as soon as possible to be sure to have enough time to meet the application ranking deadline,” said Dr. Larry Butler, NRCS state conservationist for Texas. “By ranking applications in December, we will be able to sign and fund contracts shortly after ranking so producers can begin implementing conservation practices.”

The application cutoff date applies to EQIP and WHIP; the application deadline for the Wetlands Reserve Program is Feb. 16, 2007.

NRCS accepts conservation program applications year-round; however, applications must be made by the Dec. 15, 2006, cutoff date to be considered for funding in 2007. Applications made after the application deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle.