The deadline for funding decisions for applications to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) has been extended to May 29. The original deadline for application selection was May 8. While the application process for these Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, funding selections are only made once a year.
EQIP is the primary program available to farmers for farmland conservation practices, offering a flat-payment rate for over 50 conservation practices.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides technical assistance and cost sharing to restore wildlife habitat.
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a program for landowners to create, restore or enhance wetlands that provide important environmental benefits on their land.
For more information and applications, visit www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov or contact the Ottawa County NRCS/Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 419-898-6431.
New officers installed
The Country Slickers 4-H Club installed new offers in a recent candlelight ceremony.
Ottawa County Probate Court Judge Kathleen Giesler presided over the installation. The officers included Makaila Price and Kelsey Schimming, recreation leaders; Scott Sundermeier, health officer; Zach Bolen, safety officer; Brandon Schimming, news reporter; Kristin McElhaney, secretary; Ben David, treasurer; Ashley Mauder, vice president; and Kelsey Gahler, president.
Also at the ceremony, advisor Jane Gahler and Al Gahler were recognized for 15 years and 10 years of service, respectively.
The club, which has 32 members, was awarded the Gold level of the Ottawa County 4-H Honor Club in 2008.