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Fiscal Year 2008 Kansas EQIP

Kansas 2008 EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information

General Program Description

A Kansas Forest Service District Forester assists a local producer with his tree planting. Kansas Forest Service is a NRCS partner.The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of 10 years. EQIP activities are carried out according to a conservation plan of operations developed with the program participants. Conservation practices are subject to Kansas NRCS standards and specifications. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider for technical assistance, if available.

Contracts with confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) are required to develop and implement a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP). Contracts funded with EQIP Ground and Surface Water Conservation funds will implement conservation measures that result in a net water savings in the agricultural operation of the producer.

An individual or entity may not receive, directly or indirectly, cost-share or incentive payments that, in the aggregate, exceed $450,000 for all EQIP contracts entered into during the term of the 2002 Farm Bill.

Beginning Farmers/Ranchers and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers are eligible for a higher payment rate. Certification that participants meet these requirement is made on the application form.

NRCS will establish application evaluation periods and a cut-off date each year when funds must be obligated.

Applications can be taken at any time during the year. Sign-up is conducted at local USDA Service Centers

EQIP is a competitive program. Since program implementation in 1997, demand for EQIP financial assistance in Kansas has greatly exceeded the funds available. Producers should not hesitate to sign-up for the program if they have a resource concern the program seeks to address that needs to be treated. NRCS is available for assistance to determine if a resource concern exists on the site.

How EQIP Works in Kansas

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