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NRCS Colorado Air Quality Initiative

2013 National Air Quality Initiative

Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is assisting agricultural producers with reducing ozone precursors [oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC)] emissions from agricultural sources. The primary goal is to achieve and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) within the designated nonattainment areas of Colorado.

The NRCS is providing payments for participants implementing conservation practices on their lands that benefit air quality. The priority is to reduce emissions by removing existing, high polluting combustion systems and replacing with new, cleaner technologies. Funding for this initiative is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Listed below are the eligible counties and corresponding NAAQS nonattainment pollutants. This list is intended to identify those counties eligible for the Colorado 2013 Air Quality Initiative funding only and is not intended to limit the implementation of any accepted air quality practice.

NAAQS Nonattainment Pollutant
Adams 8-Hr Ozone
Arapahoe 8-Hr Ozone
Boulder 8-Hr Ozone
Broomfield 8-Hr Ozone
Denver 8-Hr Ozone
Douglas 8-Hr Ozone
Jefferson 8-Hr Ozone
Larimer 8-Hr Ozone
Weld 8-Hr Ozone

Who Can Apply

Eligible producers includes persons or entities who are owners of land in agricultural or forest production or those who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have an air quality related natural resource concern on the agricultural operation.

Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands.

Producers must submit a program application and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. For more detail regarding eligibility and application requirements contact your local NRCS field office.

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.

2013 Air Quality Incentive Information

FY13 Air Quality Ranking Criteria
FY13 Payment Schedule
FY13 CAP Payment Rates

EQIP sign-up information is available online. The application for the EQIP program can be found at NRCS-CPA-1200 and NRCS-CPA-1202 En Español. 

EQIP Sign-up Information On-Line

Additional information about program can be found at NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.