Applicants who rank high enough to be selected for plan development and
contracting must have a schedule of operations developed. This schedule of
operations will outline the practices that will be included on the contract, and
include a schedule for implementing practices.
Practices started or completed prior to program application are not eligible
for cost share or incentive payments.
Practices started before the contract is approved by NRCS
will cause the applicant to be ineligible for EQIP financial assistance for that
practice unless a waiver has been granted by NRCS.
A financially assisted practice must be started within 12 months of contract
approval. Once begun, the
producer is expected to make continuous progress towards implementation. Failure
to commence a practice within 12 months of contract approval will result in
contract termination unless circumstances beyond the producer's control
prevented the start of the practice.
Any EQIP contract that includes an animal waste storage or treatment facility
will require the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Nutrient
Management Plan (CNMP).