Under the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, Title II, Subtitle F – EQIP, Section 2501 provides authority for use of EQIP (as a national purpose) to specifically address energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of Energy Conservation Plans.
During fiscal year (FY) 2013, the program is designed to assist producers in two ways:
1 ) Identify ways to conserve energy on their farms through an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) conservation activity plan (CAP), also known as an on-farm energy audit.
2) Provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative, such as the Farmstead Energy Improvement (374).
Only through implementation of recommended measures and conservation practices will energy conservation, efficiency, and savings be achieved.
The On-Farm Energy Initiative will provide financial assistance to producers for an on-farm energy audit and for implementation of practices to improve and conserve energy.
2013 National On-Farm Energy Initiative Information
NRCS accepts applications on an ongoing basis. There will be two application periods in 2013. The first application period ended February 15, 2013. The second application period will end April 19, 2013. Interested applicants should contact the local NRCS Field Office for assistance on completing the program application and associated conservation plan development.