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Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher EQIP Fund Pools

About the Fund Pools

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of historically underserved farmers and ranchers to provide for voluntary participation, offers incentives and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services.

A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group, without regard to their individual qualities. These groups consist of the following:

  • American Indians or Alaskan Natives
  • Asians
  • Blacks or African Americans
  • Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics

Note: Gender alone is not a covered group for the purposes of NRCS conservation programs.

A socially disadvantaged applicant is an individual or entity who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. For an entity, at least 50 percent ownership in the farm business must be held by socially disadvantaged individuals.

Note: One member of an eligible entity may certify for all members rather than have each member self-certify.

Interested owners and/or operators of land managed for agricultural production in California that meet the criteria of a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher may be eligible for Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Fund Pools.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Fund Pool Documents
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AFO-CAFO Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher AFO-CAFO EQIP Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in minimizing impacts to water quality, improved irrigation efficiency and promoting energy conservation on dairies and other animal feeding operations.

Cropland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Cropland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Forestland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Forestland EQIP Fund ool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in promoting healthy and productive forest lands, reducing soil erosion, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, minimizing the impacts to water quality and reducing wildfire risks.

Pastureland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Pastureland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Rangeland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Rangeland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Water Conservation Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Water Conservation Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.