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Agriculture Energy Initiative 2011

2011 EQIP - Agricultural Energy

Sign up ended Feb. 11, 2011

Overview

The Agricultural Energy Conservation and Efficiency initiative is designed to help agricultural producers transition to more energy efficient operations.  This initiative is designed to save both money and energy when fully implemented.

The 2008 Farm Bill provides authority to use EQIP financial assistance funds for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) appropriate for the eligible land of a program participant. The Farm Bill statute allows EQIP payments for up to 75 percent of the estimated incurred cost of practice implementation for the development of an AgEMP meeting agency standards and requirements.  Dairy, beef, poultry, swine, and other agricultural operations are included in this energy efficiency initiative.

The initiative, which is offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will continue to offer an Agriculture Energy Management, Conservation Activity Plan (AgEMP CAP) to producers who have not yet had an on-farm energy audit performed. The initiative also offers financial assistance to producers who have had an on-farm energy audit conducted that meets or exceeds the criteria for an EQIP AgEMP and wish to implement recommendations provided in the on-farm energy audit.

The practices included under this initiative include:

1) Agriculture Energy Management, Conservation Activity Plan - for Agriculture Landscapes or Operation Facilities Headquarters. Applications that are approved for funding will require a Conservation Activity Plan to be developed by a certified Technical Service Provider.

2) On-farm Equipment Efficiency Improvements – offers opportunities for individuals with an approved AgEMP to implement available components identified in this practice for replacement of existing low efficiency heaters and lighting, improved ventilation and improved insulation to side walls and ceilings. 

As energy becomes a larger portion of operating costs, agricultural producers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by implementing conservation practices that promote energy conservation and efficiency.

Dairy, beef, poultry, swine, and other agricultural operations are included in this energy efficiency initiative.

Application Information

Agricultural producers in Arkansas have until Feb. 11, 2011, to submit an application to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Technical Service Provider Information

The requirements to become a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop CAPs is on the NRCS TechReg website under the menu item "Conservation Activity Plans". In addition, producers who are looking for a qualified TSP to develop a CAP can use this website to find certified TSPs.

Additional Information

Program Contact

Corey Farmer
(501) 301-3122

Last Modified: 06/06/2012