2015 Conservation Activity Plans
A Conservation Activity Plan or CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients or to address an air quality concern. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.
Conservation Activity Plans Available in Maryland
Conservation Activity Plan Name
||Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan
||Nutrient Management Plan
||Forest Management Plan
||Feed Management Plan
||Grazing Management Plan
||Prescribed Burning Management Plan
||Integrated Pest Management Plan
||Irrigation Water Management Plan
||Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEmp)
||Drainage Water Management Plan
||Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition
||Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Plan
||Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Plan
||Integrated Pest Management Herbicide Resistance Weed Conservation Plan
All CAPs must be developed by a Technical Service Provider (TSP). A directory of TSPs can be found at the TechReg Web page.
EQIP Financial Assistance Support. Each approved CAP is supported by a single, stand-alone program contract with plan development scheduled during the first 12 calendar months after obligation. The expectation is that these agreements will be completed within the first year. View the FY 2015 Maryland CAP payment rates.
One CAP Per Land Unit Restriction. Eligible producers may submit applications for development of multiple CAPs; however, only one CAP contract may be developed on an eligible land unit (e.g., field) at the same time. Contracting of multiple CAP contracts on the same land unit is prohibited except for CNMP and AgEMP CAPs, where multiple CAP plans may be approved and implemented on the same land unit.
Visit the National EQIP Conservation Activity Plan website for more information.
NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning Conservation Activity Plan eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.
Mikel Williams Hawkins
Farm Bill Specialist
Assistant State Conservationist- Programs