On-Farm Energy Initiative
The 2008 Farm Bill included provisions for the use of EQIP funds to provide financial and technical assistance dollars to help program participants address on-farm energy conservation. The NRCS EQIP On-Farm Initiative provides financial assistance to implement approved conservation practices to address energy related resource concerns as well as for the development of energy conservation plans. Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) assess the equipment and farming processes and efficiencies of the producer’s entire operation. NRCS uses the information to develop energy conservation recommendations.
NRCS works with the applicant to address energy resource concerns on their operations. Core practices include Farmstead Energy Improvement, Irrigation Water Management, and Pumping Plant. Supporting practices include Conservation Crop Rotation, Cover Crop, and Residue and Tillage Management such as No Till, Strip Till, and Mulch Till.
Who Can Apply
Eligible producers include persons, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations who are engaged in ag production.
Producers must submit a program application and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. For more detail regarding eligibility and application requirements contact your local NRCS field office.
EQIP Application Information
Applications for the EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the fiscal year; however, NRCS has established specific dates where eligible applications will be evaluated, ranked, and approved for funding. In order for an application to be considered for funding during a particular batching period the applicant must have the following items completed by the application cut-off date:
Completed and signed EQIP application (NRCS-CPA-1200)
Eligibility requirements met
For fiscal year 2013, NRCS has established the following application deadlines:
November 16, 2012
January 18, 2013
March 15, 2013
May 17, 2013
2013 Program Documentation
The following documents require either Adobe Acrobat 6.0 or higher
2013 OFEI Approved Conservation Practice List
Provides the list of NRCS approved conservation practices that are offered to address on-farm energy related resource concerns.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS On-Farm Energy Website.