Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Ohio NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline


Michiko Riley

Public Affairs


Ohio NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline

Application Deadline is January15, 2021

COLUMBUS, OH, Dec.7, 2020The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)announced Friday, January15, 2021, as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations. 

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, pasture operations, and organic.  Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations and wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and many more. 

Applicants should be farmers, or farm or forest landowners and meet eligibility criteria. To participate in USDA conservation programs, contactyourlocal NRCS conservationist as soon as possible.  Be sure to check the status of your Service Center when you reach out to us. For offices with restrictions on in-person appointments, we are still available by phone, email, and through other digital tools. Your Service Center’s status is available at



Applications signed and submitted to NRCS by the January 15 deadline will be evaluated for fiscal year 2021 funding. Visit Ohio NRCS website under “EQIP Funding Categories” for more details.To learn more about EQIP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCSor contact your local USDA Service Center at 1300 Clark St. Unit 10, Cambridge, OH 43725, or by phone at 740-421-3370.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Board of Supervisor Election Procedures & Candidates

 After much thought and deliberation, our staff along with our board of supervisors have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Meeting for the year 2020. In the past, in-person voting was held during the meeting. We will still be holding in-person voting, but instead it will be held at our office. 

The voting window will be open starting Saturday, October 17th to Monday, November 30th. During this time Guernsey County Residents may request an absentee ballot by phone, mail, electronically or in person during office hours, M-F. If the ballot information is incomplete or inaccurate, the vote will be considered invalid. 

The following candidates are up for election:

John Enos, Ken Ford, Arthur (Art) Tripp and Gary Lanoux. 

Please see our newsletter for more information about the candidates or stop by our office for a copy.


- Guernsey SWCD Staff 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Livestock Depredation Seminar

Having issues with losing livestock due to predators? Do you want to know some proactive steps to take to reduce your losses and improve your operation? This is a great seminar to get those questions answered. Eric Householder from USDA Wildlife Services will present with his years of experience dealing with this issue and how people can improve their operations. Experts from FSA will also be there to answer any questions regarding their indemnity program regarding animals lost due to Black Vultures. For more information and to register for this, please call the office at 740-489-5276.