Some Minnesota farmers didn’t get signed up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by the July deadline. Following the House Agriculture Committee Listening Session at Farmfest, Red River Farm Network’s Don Wick asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue if USDA would consider extending the deadline. “I’ll look and see about that. It’s a reasonable request. We set the deadline, because we didn’t want farmers to farm the program when it comes to cover crops. If some people got caught short on that, there may be some opportunity,” says Perdue. “We’ll deal with that on a case-by-case basis or we’ll look at what flexibility we have. I don’t know right now. We’ll look at that and let folks know.”
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