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EQIP Statewide Program Implementation

EQIP Statewide Program Implementation

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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Oklahoma will have the following distribution of the fund allocation:

County Base Allocation

Distribution to Oklahoma’s 77 counties to address priority natural resource issues identified through the locally-led conservation process. These priorities are in each county level program description.

County Level Local Emphasis Areas

A focus should be maintained on prioritizing treatment when the locally-led process indicates a specific geographic area where a special natural resource conservation emphasis is needed. These special emphasis areas are called Local Emphasis Areas (LEAs) and are listed under the counties where they are located. Select the county of interest from the county level program description page.

Agricultural Water Enhancement Program

Agricultural Water Enhancement Program - This initiative provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality.

Animal Waste Management for Animal Feeding Operations

Statewide AFO/CAFO Resource Concerns - An allocation has been set-aside to fund animal waste management applications statewide. These funds will be available only to existing and expanding beef, dairy, or swine confined feeding operations. A lower priority will be given to operations that are planning expansion beyond current levels or capacity, and all applications for new facilities and poultry operations are ineligible for evaluation under the Statewide AFO/CAFO Resource Concern Criteria. This now allows AFO/CAFO operations to apply for EQIP financial assistance for the storage, treatment, and utilization of animal waste.

Conservation Activity Plans

Conservation Activity Plans - This project provides funding for development of Conservation Activity Plans for various priority initiatives.

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiatives - This initiative establishes specific parameters for working with eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to install and maintain conservation practices, including the development and adoption of innovative conservation practices and management approaches with landowners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

Eucha/Spavinaw and Illinois River Sub-basin Initiative

The Illinois River Watershed Initiative (IRWI) is a Landscape Initiative which combines conservation efforts in Oklahoma and Arkansas.  the IRWI is designed to improve water quality in the Eucha/Spavinaw and Lower Illinois River Watersheds which provide municipal water supplies and important recreational opportunities Throughout eastern Oklahoma.

Historically Underserved National Initiative

Historically Underserved - Funds have been set-aside in an initiative to address the needs of the historically underserved farmer/rancher (beginning farmer/rancher [BFR], limited resource farmer/rancher [LRFR], and socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher [SDA]).  Applicants in these categories are eligible for a higher payment rate within all the EQIP programs. Certification that participants meet this requirement is made on the application form.

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative - This statewide initiative provides conservation assistance to landowners throughout the lesser prairie chicken range for the maintenance and enhancement of suitable habitat while also benefiting agricultural producers and maintaining the farming and ranching operations throughout the region.

Lagoon Closure Set-aside

Statewide Lagoon Closures - This statewide set-aside is to be used to assist in the closure of waste treatment lagoons and waste storage ponds where confined animal production operations were discontinued voluntarily, involuntarily, or by termination of an industry contract. The Lagoon Closure set-aside provides funding for closure of waste impoundments (treatment lagoons, waste storage ponds, under barn storage pits, and other associated waste facilities) in an environmentally safe manner, that are no longer used for their intended purpose.

Ogallala Initiative

Guidelines for this initiative are under development.

Oil Spill Clean-up Initiative

Guidelines for this initiative are under development.

Statewide Irrigation Water Conservation

Statewide Irrigation Water Conservation - The State Technical Committee recommended offering ground and surface water conservation funding statewide to provide irrigators an opportunity for cost-share assistance to increase system efficiency and provide for water savings.

Statewide No-till Emphasis

No-Till Emphasis - No-Till Emphasis Areas are designed to promote no-till for crop production in Oklahoma, the use of which will provide environmental benefits to soil, water, and air. The spectrum of soil management practices ranges from crop residue management with conservation tillage systems to practices designed to keep plants growing on the land as much of the year as practical – cover crops, strip-cropping, and conservation crop rotation. In most cases, no-till is the ideal tillage system for maintaining high levels of crop residue. Continuous no-till is needed to maximize the benefits for soil quality and erosion control.

Statewide Organic Initiative

Statewide Organic Initiative - The EQIP organic initiative has been established to provide financial assistance to National Organic Program (NOP) certified producers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production.  The organic initiative prioritizes six core practices: Conservation Crop Rotation, Cover Crop, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Prescribed Grazing, and Forage Harvest Management.  The practices are traditional conservation practices which will be implemented in a manner which certifies as "organic".

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis with ranking cut-offs set for each countywide funding pool, local emphasis funding and statewide initiative.

Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix and submit it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.

Contact

Kenneth Hitch
Resource Conservationist
Phone: 405-742-1208
Email: Kenneth Hitch

For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.