Gulf of Mexico Initiative Conservation Assistance Meeting Signup Deadline Is Wednesday

January 31, 2012

There will be a meeting to discuss the Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) on Friday, February 3rd at the Walnut Hill Community Center.

The Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI), recently announced by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), is providing $50 million for conservation plan development and financial assistance for the five Gulf Coast states over the next three years. GoMI will direct additional technical and financial assistance to landowners within specified watersheds in parts of Escambia County Florida and Alabama. These funds will be available to eligible producers to voluntarily implement conservation plans and practices that will help enhance water quality along rivers, tributaries and bays that flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Under GoMI, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial assistance to help carry out conservation work. Some of the conservation practices available under these programs are brush management, pasture and hayland planting, fences, water development for livestock, prescribed grazing, drop pipes for erosion and drainage control and management type practices like nutrient (fertilization) and pest (weed control).

The meeting at the Walnut Hill Community Center will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a barbecue lunch. Interested persons should RSVP to the to the Molino (NRCS) Field Office at (850) 587-5404 Ext. 3 or the Brewton (NRCS) Field Office at (251) 867-3185 by 2 p.m. on Wednesday February 1st.

Application cutoff date for GoMI 2012 funds is March 1, 2012.

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