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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Ranking Dates 

Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year, there are three application ranking deadlines for FY 2014 funding.

May 30, 2014 (Period 1)

July 18, 2014 (Period 2)

August 15, 2014 (Period 3)

What is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)?

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and forest land owners who want to improve and protect the condition of soil, water, air, plants and animals.

NRCS provides financial compensation for part of the cost of establishing and maintaining conservation practices that improve the natural resources on your land.  Financial assistance payments are provided to eligible producers based on a portion of the average cost associated with practice implementation.  Additional payments may be available to help producers develop conservation plans which are required to obtain financial assistance.  Historically underserved producers (limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, Tribes) may be eligible for a higher practice payment rate for the implementation for conservation practices and conservation plans.

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FY 2014 Ranking Process

Scoring of all eligible applications will be done after the application ranking period has ended. Scoring of the applications will be done according to the scoring system posted on this webpage for the appropriate funding pool(s). Applications will be selected for plan development and contracting in ranked order according to the score as funds allow.

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FY 2014 Ranking Process (PDF, 454 KB)

FY 2014 Rhode Island Prescreening Tools

Program applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are taken by NRCS on a continuous basis. Interested parties may submit an application any time during the fiscal year. Once received, applications will be prescreened to determine if the application is of high, medium, or low priority. In essence, the prescreening tool determines if the applicant is ready to select eligible conservation practices from his or her approved conservation plan so that his or her application can be ranked in the Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool. All prescreened applications that are prioritized as high or medium will be ranked in the next application ranking period.  Applicants can select a prescreening tool and answer the questions to determine their priority.

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FY 2014 RI EQIP Prescreening Tool (PDF, 297 KB)

FY 2014 Rhode Island Statewide Sub-Accounts

Participants submitting applications for EQIP must select a “Fund Sub-Code” in which their application will be placed.  Fund Sub-Codes are used to group application by land use, crop type, livestock or resource concern so that similar applications can be ranked against each other to determine the priority for funding. All applications within a sub-account will be ranked using a common Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool.

The following are the sub-accounts:

Cropland Sub-Account: This sub-account is for landowners whose operations are predominantly producing crops included in this code are vegetables, nursery, orchards, turf and other specialty crops.  Conservation practices that may be included in these conservation plans can include erosion control practices, conservation irrigation, pest and nutrient management and access control.

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Cropland Ranking Questions (PDF, 18 KB)

 EQIP General Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 580 KB)

Forestry Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants enrolling to complete forest management practices that will be implemented based on a certified forest management or stewardship plan or applicants whose lands are predominantly forested.

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Forestry Ranking Questions (PDF, 18 KB)

Forestry Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 377 KB)

Pasture/Livestock Sub-Account: This sub-account if for applicants who wish to implement a certified pasture management plan or whose operations are predominantly used for livestock production.  This would include dairy farms, and operations that raise beef, sheep, goats, alpacas or other livestock. Conservation practices that may be included in these conservation plans include fencing for rotational grazing, watering facilities, access control, waste storage structures, compost facilities, heavy use areas, comprehensive nutrient management plans, and brush management.

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Pasture/Livestock Ranking Questions (PDF, 18 KB)

EQIP General Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 580 KB)

National EQIP Organic Initiative Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants who are certified organic operations or are transitioning to an organic operation.  Applicants must be registered with the RIDEM Division of Agriculture.  Conservation practices for these conservation plans will focus on practices that are used on organic farms, however, applicants will have the opportunity to select any practice that addresses a resource concern on their operation.  Some practice are paid at higher rates to allow for loss of income or specialty materials that required higher costs.

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National Organic Initiative Ranking Questions (PDF, 19 KB)

National Organic Initiative Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 250 KB)

National EQIP Energy Initiative Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants who have developed and On-Farm Energy Audit through a Conservation Activity Plan and wish to implement the recommendations of the energy audit and conserve energy.

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Agricultural Energy Management Plan Summary Sheet

National On-Farm Energy Initiative Ranking Questions (PDF, 18 KB)

National On-Farm Energy Initiative Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 250 KB)

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants who certify as Socially Disadvantages according to information provided at (enter website).  Eligible Conservation practices for this sub-account include all practice offered for EQIP in 2014.

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Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Ranking Questions (PDF, 20 KB)

EQIP General Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 580 KB)

Beginning Farmer Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants applying as Beginning Farmers.  These are landowners who have been engaged in farming or ranching for 10 years or fewer.    For applicant applying for forestry practice you must have owned the land for 10 or fewer years. Eligible Conservation practices for this sub-account include all practice offered for EQIP in 2014.   Applicants in this sub-account are eligible for higher practices payment rates.

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Beginning Farmer Ranking Questions (PDF, 20 KB)

EQIP General Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 580 KB)

Rhode Island EQIP Seasonal High Tunnels Initiative Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants who are applying for a Seasonal High Tunnel under the Pilot Program.  There is a limited suite of Conservation Practices for this code.  They include Seasonal High Tunnel, Conservation Cover and Mulching.

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Seasonal High Tunnels Ranking Questions (PDF, 18 KB)

Seasonal High Tunnel Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates (PDF, 217 KB)

Rhode Island EQIP Air Quality Initiative-Excessive Ozone Sub-Account: This sub-account is for applicants who would like to implement practices that have a positive effect on Air Quality Resource Concern-Excessive Ozone.  Conservation practices are limited to a suite of practices that impact ozone creation. Combustion system improvements can be used to purchase new Tier 4 engines to replace older engines that produce a significant amount of ozone.

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Air Quality Initiative-Excessive Ozone Ranking Questions Coming Soon! (PDF,  KB)

Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Practice Payment Rates Coming Soon! (PDF,  KB)

EQIP Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Sub-Account: This sub-account is for any applicant applying for a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP).  CAPs are not ranked and are funded as application are received and processed.  To learn more about a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP), please select the following link: 

What is a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP)?

National Water Quality Initiative - NRCS is offering technical and financial assistance to farmers and forest landowners interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams.  In Rhode Island, the three impaired watersheds include the Sakonnet River, Tomaquag Brook-Pawcatuck River, and Upper East Passage.

 

Please contact your local NRCS office to start the planning and application process.

  

Links to information on this website:
EQIP Information

 

  • Archived EQIP documents (coming soon)
 

Examples of EQIP projects in Rhode Island