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Conservation Help Offered to Farmers

With the help of generous funds from the government, farmers can take advantage of benefits that pay for conservation.

There are several conservation programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Molokai farmers. To be eligible, farmers must earn $1,000 a year and be producing some kind of crop or livestock. The programs specialize in water erosion prevention, wind erosion, soil management, waterway protection, manure management and more.

Ho`olehua farmer Rick Tamanaha has been participating in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) since 2005 by using windbreaks.

just want you to use good practice. It will only enhance your property and you’ll get better cattle,” Decoite said.

Interested farmers can contact Wally Jennings at his Ho`olehua office, 567-6868 ext. 105 or email wally.jennings@hi.usda.gov.

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