Fiscal Year 2012 Kansas EQIP
Kansas 2012 EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information
General Program Description
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, vegetative, 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 participant(s). Conservation practices are subject to Kansas NRCS electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) standards and specifications. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider for technical assistance, if available.
Historically underserved farmer/rancher (beginning farmer/rancher [BF], limited resource farmer/rancher [LRF], and socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher [SDF]) are eligible for a higher payment rate. Certification that participants meet this requirement is made on the application, Form NRCS-CPA-1200.
Applications can be taken at any time during the year. Sign-up is conducted at local USDA Service Centers.
Cutoff dates will be scheduled to allow for ranking and selection of applications. The application evaluation period cutoff date for Fiscal Year 2012 has been set for November 15, 2011.
EQIP is a competitive program. Since program implementation in 1997 there has been great demand for EQIP financial assistance in Kansas. Producers should not hesitate to sign-up for the program if they have a resource concern the program seeks to address. NRCS is available for assistance to determine if a resource concern exists on the site.
How EQIP Works in Kansas
Application forms are available at your local USDA Service Center.