State Conservationists, with input from state technical committees, set the payment rate percentages used in the payment schedule. Decisions regarding payment rates percentages for offered conservation practices are attached.
Prior year payment rates and actual costs were taken into consideration when making any changes to payment rate percentages. Payment rate percentages can only be assigned by practice code and not each scenario. In order to ensure that payments were made within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program regulation intent of payment not exceeding 75 percent of the estimated cost incurred by implementation of the practice for all scenarios, the noted practices were reduced by lowering the payment percentage. These practice scenarios will be reviewed closely during the fiscal year 2014 payment schedule process and comments provided to the regional payment schedule team.