Pacific Island Area 2016 EQIP Organic Initiative
General Program Description
The 2014 Farm Bill highlights the availability of financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to help persons engaged in livestock, forestry or agricultural production, including organic production meet their conservation goals. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can assist producers currently certified organic or transitioning to organic farming to plan and implement conservation practices to address identified natural resource concerns on their operations. Financial assistance for a Conservation Plan to Support Organic transition is available for those in transition to organic production.
The EQIP Organic Initiative EQIP Organic Initiative is available in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in the Pacific Island Area.
Contact your local NRCS representatives in the USDA Service Center:
Application Information and FY 2016 Deadline
Applications for the EQIP Organic Initiative are taken continuously, but to be considered for participation in the 2016-FY, applicants must submit completed applications by December 18, 2015. Applications received after this date will be ranked in the next funding group.
EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of ten years. Contracts provide pre-determined program payments to the producer for the implementation of the planned practices according to a schedule developed with the producer.
To be eligible for EQIP, the applicant must:
- Have an interest in an agricultural operation and have records established with the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
- Own or have control of the land (by lease or rental agreement) for the length of the contract
- Be an individual, entity or joint operation.
- Be registered in the USDA Service Center Information Database (SCIMS).
- Be certified organic according to the National Organic Program OR be in the process of transitioning to organic production OR organic exempt according to USDA National Organic Program regulations.
Payment Limit and Rates
| FY2016 EQIP National Organic Initiative Payment Schedule
|Click on the blue links to view the payment schedule associated with the EQIP Organic Initiative for this fiscal year. The table lists the Field Office where client is serviced from, and Standard or Historically Underserved (HU) client designations.
|Hawaii (PDF; 224 KB)
||Hawaii - HU (PDF; 225 KB)
|Guam and American Samoa (PDF; 224 KB)
||Guam and American Samoa - HU (PDF; 225 KB)
|Rota (PDF; 224 KB)
||Rota – HU (PDF; 226 KB)
|Saipan (PDF; 224 KB)
||Saipan – HU (PDF; 225 KB)
|Tinian (PDF; 224 KB)
||Tinian – HU (PDF; 226 KB)
Applications are scored based on issues they address according to National, State, and Local questions.
Organic Initiative Application Signup & Related Signup Forms
Note: The Organic Producer Self-Certification Template is required from applicants that are transitioning to organic production. Interested applicants should contact their Natural Resources Conservation Service Center representatives in their local USDA Service Center for more information regarding these forms.
Additional forms or proof will be required when requesting irrigation assistance, proving control of land control, applying practices to leased land, applying as “Historically Underserved” producer, proving agricultural production and agricultural land eligibility.
Eligibility & Related Eligibility Forms
Note: The CCC-901 must be filed by all entities with the USDA, Farm Service Agency. Members of the entity (down to the forth level) must also complete the AD-1026 and CCC-926 to comply with Farm Bill program eligibility requirements. Assistance is available from the USDA Farm Service Agency in Hawaii (PDF; 64 KB) and Farm Service Agency in the Pacific Basin (PDF; 92KB) in completing this form.
Other Useful Forms, Information, & Websites
Pacific Islands Area (PI) EQIP Contact:
State Office Resource Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155