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Winnebago County EQIP

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality.  This program is available to farmers and offers financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

The following are Winnebago County resource concerns to be addressed by EQIP:

Water Quality Degradation

  • Excessive Nutrients in Surface; and Ground Water
  • Excess Pathogens and Chemicals from Manure, Bio-solids or Compost Applications in Surface water
  • Excessive Sediment in Surface Water
  • Pesticides in Surface Water

Soil Erosion

  • Sheet and Rill
  • Ephemeral Gully
  • Classic Gully
  • Streambank, Shoreline

Soil Quality Degradation

  • Soil Organic Matter Depletion

Air Quality Impacts

  • Objectionable Odors
  • Emissions of Particulate Matter-PM and PM Precursors

Degraded Plant Condition

  • Undesirable Plant Productivity and Health
  • Inadequate Structure and Composition

Fish and Wildlife Inadequate Habitat

  • Inadequate Cover/Shelter
  • Habitat Continuity (Space)

Livestock Production Limitation

  • Inadequate Feed and Forage
  • Inadequate Livestock Water

Inefficient Energy Use

  • Farming/Ranching Practices and Field Operations
  • Equipment and Facilities

These resource concerns address the following National EQIP priorities: 

  1. Reduction of non-point source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with Total Daily Maximum Loads (TMDL’s), where available, the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and reduction of contamination from agricultural point sources, such as concentrated animal feeding operations
  2. The conservation of ground and surface water resources
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable high levels on agricultural land

The goal of the locally led group was to recommend a ranking system that rewarded and gave priority to those producers that address the above resource concerns and target areas close to water resources including all of the watersheds in Winnebago County.  The ranking will be completed for the specific practices to be applied through the EQIP contract.  Sign-up is continuous at the NRCS field office.  Application ranking will be done periodically as funding allocations become available, will be announced through the NRCS State Office, and will be publicized by all levels of NRCS. The NRCS may establish local, minimum ranking cut-off levels for funding selection.

The local work group also recommended a list of conservation practices that are the most cost-effective, longest duration and address these priority resource concerns in the district.

For more information about EQIP and other NRCS-administrated programs, contact the Winnebago County USDA Service Center located at PO Box 85; 163 1st Ave, Thompson, IA  50478. Phone (641) 584.2211. Fax (641) 584.2215.

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EQIP Practice List - 2016
EQIP Application Ranking - 2016

EQIP Practice List - 2015