California 2012 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Introduction to EQIP
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. Eligible farmers and ranchers may apply for EQIP program benefits at any time. Application ranking periods are established to allow evaluation of projects and awarding of contracts based on criteria that evaluate the natural resource benefits as identified by local, state and national priorities. These contracts provide financial assistance to help implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations. EQIP cannot provide financial assistance for the same practice enrolled on the same land as any other USDA conservation program.
Who Can Apply for EQIP
Owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern on the land may participate in EQIP.
EQIP Sign-Up and Application Process
Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis. NRCS will establish application cutoff or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.
Farmers and ranchers may apply for EQIP by submitting an application, Form NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application at any NRCS field office by phone, email, fax, or letter.
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EQIP Application Cutoff Dates for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012 and 2013
How EQIP Works
EQIP provides financial assistance payments to eligible producers based on a portion of the average cost associated with practice implementation. Additional payments may be available to help producers develop conservation plans which are required to obtain financial assistance.
Historically underserved producers (limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, Tribes) may be eligible for a higher practice payment rate for the implementation for conservation practices and conservation plans.
Producers may use a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) for technical assistance needed for certain eligible activities, services and the development of conservation plans. Historically underserved producers may also be eligible for advance payments up to 30 percent of the cost needed to purchase materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices.
NRCS works with the producer to develop a plan of operations that:
Participants may not receive, directly or indirectly, payments that, in the aggregate, exceed $300,000 for all EQIP contracts entered into during any six-year period. Participants whose projects NRCS determines to have special environmental significance may petition the NRCS Chief for the payment limitation to be waived to a maximum of $450,000. Additional payment limitations apply to producers enrolled in the EQIP Organic Initiative.
National EQIP Initiatives - Fiscal Year 2012
California EQIP Initiatives - Fiscal Year 2012
Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Erik Beardsley, Program Specialist