Delaware 2009 State EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the
2008 Food, conservation, and Energy Act (Farm Bill) to provide a
voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes
agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals.
EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to help eligible participants
install or implement structural and management practices on eligible
EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the
implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years.
These contracts provide incentive payments and cost-shares to implement
conservation practices. Landowners and operators who are engaged in livestock or
agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program.
EQIP activities are carried out according to an environmental quality incentives
program plan of operations. The plan is developed in conjunction with the
producer and identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to
address the resource concerns. All EQIP conservation practices are subject to
NRCS technical standards in the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) that are
adapted to Delaware conditions. The County Conservation District approves the
EQIP may provide payments to 75 percent of the costs of certain conservation
practices. However, Historically Underserved Groups may be
eligible for cost-shares up to 90 percent. Program participants may elect to use
a certified third-party provider for technical assistance.
An individual or entity may not receive, directly or indirectly, payments , in the aggregate, exceed $300,000 for all EQIP
contracts entered during the term of the Farm Bill.
EQIP applications are accepted throughout the year at USDA Service Centers.
The FY-2009 Delaware Environmental Quality Incentives Program was developed
using a locally led process. Each county Local Work Groups meet to determine
natural resource concerns, discuss local priorities and develop recommendations
consistent with local priorities and concerns. The EQIP Subcommittee of the
State Technical Committee used the local input to develop program
recommendations. The NRCS State Conservationist convened the State Technical
Committee to review State priorities and make recommendations on ranking
criteria, eligible conservation practices, cost-share rates, incentive payment
levels, and funding levels. Based on the recommendations from the Local Work
Groups and the State Technical Committee, the State Conservationist has
established the following as the FY-2009 Delaware Environmental Quality
State Resource Priorities and Management Systems:
Reduction of non-point source pollutants including nutrients, sediment,
and pesticides in impaired watersheds consistent with TMDL’s as well as the
reduction of groundwater contamination.
Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
Integrated Crop Management Systems - Nutrients, Pesticides
Planned Grazing Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
Conservation of ground and surface water resources
Irrigation Water Management Systems - Water conservation
Reduction of emissions such as particulate matter and volatile
organic compounds that contribute to air quality impairment.
Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Volatile organic compounds
Poultry House Windbreak Management Systems - Particulate matter
Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from erodible
Erosion Control Systems - Sediments
Promotion of at-risk species habitat recovery
Biodiversity Management Systems - Habitat recovery