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FY 14 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Oregon

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Information on this page:

  • EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon
  • Technical and Financial Assistance
  • FY 2014 EQIP Practice Payment List
  • EQIP Eligibility
  • Funding Selection and Priorities
  • For More Information
  • Contacts
  • Archived EQIP Information

  • EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon

    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 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 Oregon.

    Sign-Up Option Description 2014 Application Cutoff Dates
    Regular EQIP EQIP applications may be submitted at any time with your local USDA Service Center. For more information, see “Technical and Financial Assistance” below.

    05/16/14

    01/17/14
    03/21/14

    12/20/13
    02/21/14

    On Farm Energy Initiative Assist producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.

    05/16/14

    01/17/14
    03/21/14

    12/20/13
    02/21/14

    Seasonal High Tunnel The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers

    05/16/14

    01/17/14
    03/21/14

    12/20/13
    02/21/14

    Organic Initiative Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers and those transitioning to organic production.

    05/16/14

    01/17/14
    03/21/14

    12/20/13
    02/21/14

    EQIP National Water Quality Initiative Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers and those transitioning to organic production.

    05/16/14

    04/18/14

    Sage-Grouse Initiative Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating a specific threat to sage-grouse on private lands through strategic use of conservation programs. 05/16/14
    East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Partnership The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) have entered into a partnership to provide technical assistance and cost sharing opportunities for private forestland owners. 05/16/14

     

    Technical and Financial Assistance

    Technical Assistance:  Those who submit an application and are accepted into EQIP may receive technical assistance to plan conservation measures. Through EQIP, NRCS provides or covers the cost of professional technical services to develop conservation measures. This includes:

    • On-site assessments
    • Site-specific practice and management plans/Conservation Activity Plan.
    • Engineering designs

    Practice Payments:  EQIP participants may also receive financial assistance to offset the costs associated with installation or adoption of conservation practices.  Eligible conservation practices that are listed in the EQIP Practice Payment Schedule list below:

    • Irrigation systems
    • Irrigation water management
    • Forest stand improvements
    • Fence
    • Livestock watering
    • Waste management systems
    • Vegetative buffers
    • and more


     2014 EQIP Practice Payment Lists

    The following are lists of practices and associated payment rates for each of the EQIP sign-up options.

    Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients: EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not participated in or that in the past have received limited benefits through USDA programs. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.

    The document below requires Microsoft Excel

      2014 EQIP Practice Payment List 2014 EQIP Practice Payment List -- Historically Underserved
    Regular EQIP FY 14 Regular EQIP (XLSX, 62 kb) FY 14 Regular EQIP HU (XLSX, 63 kb)
    EQIP Organic Initiative FY14 Organic EQIP (XLSX, 62 kb) FY14 Organic EQIP HU (XLSX, 65 kb)
    Seasonal High Tunnel FY 14 Seasonal High Tunnel (XLSX, 63 kb) FY 14 Seasonal High Tunnel HU (XLSX, 114 kb)
    EQIP On Farm Energy Initiative FY 14 On Farm Energy Initiative (XLSX, 63 kb) FY 14 On Farm Energy Initiative HU (XLSX, 114 kb)
    EQIP Water Quality Initiative FY 14 Water Quality Initiative (XLSX, 61 KB) FY 14 Water Quality Initiative HU (XLSX, 58 KB)

     

    EQIP Eligibility

    To participate in any of the EQIP sign-up options, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. For more detailed information, go to:  EQIP Eligibility

     

    EQIP Funding Selection and Priorities

    Priorities for EQIP funding are established locally, based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Local Work Groups convened by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) provide advice to NRCS about natural resource issues and priorities within their counties. EQIP applications are evaluated based on these county priorities and are then prioritized for funding. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.

    For detailed ranking criteria based on location, click on one of the pages below:

    EQIP State and National Priorities -- Coming Soon
     

    For More Information

    NRCS National EQIP Website
    Federal Register, 2008 EQIP Interim Final Rule and Correction  (PDF, 54 KB)

     

    Contact

    Program Contact
    Todd Peplin 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd Portland Oregon 97232 503-414-3292

    Local Contact
    Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

     

    Archived EQIP Information