Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS and producers develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) or farm energy audits that assess energy consumption on an operation. NRCS then uses audit data to develop energy conservation recommendations. Each AgEMP has a landscape component that assesses equipment and farming processes and a farm headquarters component that assesses power usage and efficiencies in livestock buildings, grain handling operations, and similar facilities to support the farm operation.
Applications submitted for EQIP Initiatives are accepted continually throughout the year. Applications are evaluated and ranked according to expected environmental benefits from implementation of approved conservation practices. Specific Ranking Period Application Deadline Dates
Approved Conservation Practices for the On-Farm Energy Initiative
Energy conservation, efficiency, and savings result from Implementing recommendations and conservation practices.
Financial assistance may be available to participants for conservation planning services through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). A CAP identifies conservation practices that address specific natural resource needs. These plans are developed by land use - crop land, grazing land, forest land - and may also address a resource need - nutrient management, air quality. After a CAP is developed, producers can apply for financial assistance to implement the conservation practices in the plan.