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EQIP Pilot Program
Mon Dec 17, 2012 03:04 PM CST

Christmas came early in Washington last week, as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went down the list of programs the USDA has planned for livestock producers this coming year. Many of the planned outlays were tied to drought conditions that continue across much of the country.

A new, two-state pilot program headed the list of offerings, which would allow the use of EQIP dollars (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) to remove sediment from ponds to provide more water for livestock or irrigation. The program, which will be administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, starts in Kansas and Colorado.

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