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2013 EQIP Energy Initiative



The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is assisting agricultural producers with energy conservation through practice implementation and for the development of Energy Conservation Plans. The program is designed to:

  1. Identify ways to conserve energy on their farms through the Agricultural Energy Management Plan, also known as an on-farm energy audit.
  2. Provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative.

Funding for this initiative is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The 2013 funding cycle has now closed. Any applications received will be considered in 2014.

Eligible Practices

  • 122 Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Headquarters
  • 124 Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Landscape
  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340 Cover Crop
  • 374 Farmstead Energy Improvement
  • 449 Irrigation Water Management
  • 533 Pumping Plant
  • 345 Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
  • 329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
  • 380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

To be eligible to implement Farmstead Energy Improvement, the applicant must have an on-farm energy audit (no more than 5 years old) that meets the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard 612, Performing On-farm Energy Audits.


Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6849
Email: Kris.Berg

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette