2004 How EQIP Works in Idaho
Idaho 2004 State EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information
How EQIP Works in Idaho
For 2004, EQIP
cost-sharing will be offered on a county basis. NRCS, with advice from
Local Working Groups (LWGs) and the State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC),
determined the majority of funding would be sent to the counties for selection
of contracts. Available conservation practices and cost-share rates may
vary in some counties. Ranking sheets are similar statewide, but have been
customized by the LWGs to highlight most critical resource concerns.
County Ranking Sheets (not available until
March 1, 2004)
EQIP applications may be submitted at anytime during the year. In order
to respond to Idaho's conservation and environmental needs, the deadline for
consideration of fiscal year 2004 applications closes on February 13, 2004.
The ranking period will be February 23 through April 9, 2004. The 2005
applications and ranking periods have not been determined.
A&B Special Funds
Action by Congress created a special EQIP resource area designated as the
"A&B Irrigation District Project Area." This area has received earmarked
funding separate from the funds provided to Idaho for the statewide program.
This area will have specific requirements and ranking criteria that have yet to
be developed. The ranking period for the A&B Irrigation District Project
Area has not been set by the LWG and applications may still be considered this
A&B Irrigation District Project Areas.
Tribal Special Funds
In addition to the allocated county funding, funds will be set aside for the
federally recognized Tribes in Idaho. Applications on Tribal lands with
Tribal member owners or operators will receive priority consideration for these
funds. The county protocol and ranking will be used.
The following documents show the initial allocation to counties. Funds
may be moved between counties by the State Conservationist as needed to obtain
the highest environmental benefits from the overall program.
scoring the highest number of points will receive funding. Counties may
develop a screening process based on a minimum number of points received in
order to reduce additional workload on applications that are not high priority.
If a county or Tribe does not have a suitable application, the remaining dollars
will be re-allocated to counties with high priority applications remaining after
their initial allocation has been obligated. Since the expectation that
the need for additional funding by counties will exceed the available "extra"
funds, counties will be selected by lottery.
Idaho EQIP Fiscal Year
Please contact the District Conservationist in the
nearest the location of your property.
Idaho EQIP Program Manager:
Phone: (208) 378-5703