The deadline is Thursday, July 20, to apply for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Keeping it in the Family project assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has allocated $300,000 of EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) funds to assist with the implementation of KIITF projects.

The KIITF project is offered in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union Counties. It is designed to help socially disadvantaged producers get maximum production out of their forestland by helping them install needed woodland management practices. Some of the practices include tree/shrub site preparation, tree/shrub establishment, tree/shrub pruning, forest stand improvement and firebreak.

“We want the forestland to be an asset for the producer and not a liability,” Henry English, director of UAPB’s small farm program, said in a news release. “Installing woodland management practices helps to accomplish this goal.”

Forest landowners can apply for EQIP financial assistance at their local NRCS field office. This is a voluntary program to assist with the installation of conservation practices to help restore, maintain and enhance woodlands.

For additional information on the KIITF project, contact Henry English at 870-575-7246 or, or USDA StrikeForce Coordinator Charlie Williams at 870-633-3055 or

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