FY09 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
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About the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary
conservation program that provides assistance to landowners and agricultural
producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental
quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive
financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management
conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working
agricultural land. EQIP is re-authorized through the
With EQIP, NRCS provides funding and expertise for measures to protect
natural resources while ensuring sustainable production on farms, ranches and
working forest lands.
EQIP Signup Opportunities in Utah
Those who are interested in EQIP should work with the local NRCS office to
identify and plan the conservation measures you want on your land. Those who
have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the
conservation planning step completed. Those who consider applying for EQIP for
the first time should schedule a meeting with NRCS to discuss their options and
develop a conservation plan before moving forward.
Local NRCS conservationists will help you develop a conservation plan,
identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the EQIP signup
options available in Utah.
||EQIP applications may be submitted at any
time with your local USDA Service Center. Periodically, NRCS announces cutoff
dates when submitted applications are ranked and selected for funding. EQIP
cutoff dates are announced in advance and vary based on location. For more
information, see “Technical and Financial Assistance” below
||Special EQIP funding is available to
organic growers and those transitioning to organic production.
Signup was open from May 11-29, 2009.
2009 EQIP Air Quality Initiative
|NRCS will offer up to $243,000 in fiscal year 2009 for participants to
implement practices that control emissions that contribute to PM 10 in Salt
Lake, Weber and Utah counties in Utah. Signup was held April 13 May 22, 2009.
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
||Through AWEP, entities such as federally
recognized Indian Tribes, States, units of local government, agricultural or
silvicultural associations, or other such groups may propose partnership
agreements to work with NRCS to deliver EQIP funding to landowners and growers
in a targeted area. The Request For Proposals deadline for AWEP was April 1,
How EQIP Works in Utah
Utah State NRCS supports the locally led conservation effort in the delivery
of conservation programs. The USDA local work group (LWG) serves as the starting
point for the development and coordination of USDA programs to provide an
integrated approach for addressing local natural resource concerns.
The LWG ensures that a conservation needs assessment is developed using
community stakeholders input. Utilizing the assessment process, the LWG
identifies resource concerns, recommends practices, priorities, payment rates,
cost-share levels and funding needs. The group assists in multi-county
coordination when resource concerns will be addressed across county boundaries.
The LWG information is solicited by the District Conservationists each year.
Following the submittals of LWG proposals, the Soil Conservation Districts
convene LWG meetings to review requests and make recommendations on ranking
criteria, eligible practices and funding. These recommendations are given to the
DC. The DC reviews these with the State Conservationist.
The State Conservationist conducts State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)
Meeting and Tribal STAC meetings to gather input from all agriculture groups,
federal, state and local agencies. Recommendations on what are Utah’s resource
concerns and methods to treat them are submitted to the State Conservationist.
The State Conservationist appoints subcommittees to provide specific solutions
to specific resource concerns.