News Release

NRCS Offers On-Farm Energy Assistance

Are you are a producer looking for ways to conserve energy on your operation? Are you the owner of 10 or more acres of non-industrial, private forestland? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then look no further.

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial assistance to Connecticut landowners who qualify for a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  CAPs are specialized, in-depth plans that address specific resources such as forestry and energy. The plans are written by Technical Service Providers based on the objectives and needs of the landowner or land manager.

The On-Farm Energy CAP offers assistance in two ways: 1) it enables producer to identify methods to conserve energy on the farm through an audit; and 2) provides financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices recommended in the audit. Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations engaged in agricultural production. To be eligible producers must have control of eligible land for the term of the proposed contract; be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers, including provisions to sharing EQIP payments on a fair and equitable basis; be compliant with provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill including the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provision; within appropriate payment limitation requirement;  within appropriate payment limitation requirements; and in compliance with adjusted gross income requirements.

Forestry CAP - Owners of 10+ acres of non-industrial, private forestland may apply. If selected, a plan will be developed specifically for your land and will help you quantify the economic and ecological values of your woodland, as well as determine future courses of action. The plan must address soil erosion, water quality, wildlife, and other resource concerns, and meet all federal, tribal, state, and local laws.

Deadline to submit applications for the second ranking period is Friday, January 17, 2014. Applications received after that will be accepted and considered if funds are available.

 For more information, visit the programs page of the NRCS website, or contact your nearest USDA Field Office.