How EQIP Works 2011

How EQIP Works in South Carolina 

Details about signup, eligiblepractices and cost share ratesare announced each year.  NRCS evaluates each application, with higherpriorities given to applications that use cost-effective conservation practices,address local priorities and provide the most environmental benefit.

Farmers will develop a conservation plan, if they don’t already have one,for the acreage affected by the EQIP practices.  Conservation practices must meetNRCS technical standards.  Farmers may elect to use an approved third-partyprovider for technical assistance, if available.

The major resource concerns targeted by EQIP in South Carolina are components ofthe national priorities and measures outlined by the National NRCS Office. Thosenational concerns are reduction of nonpoint source pollutants, reduction ofemissions, reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation, ground and surface water conservation, and promotion of theconservation of at risk species.  All EQIP contracts should document an existingresource concern.  


The Natural Resources Conservation Service, and/or the Farm Service Agency determine eligible producers for the EQIP program.  Any farmer engaged in forestry, livestock or crop production on eligible land may applyfor EQIP.  EQIP contracts may be for a field, tract, farm or multiple farms.  Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture; privatenon-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands, as determined by theSecretary of Agriculture. 


Counties will receive EQIP allocations based on ranking scores for applications in statewide ranking pools and applications in watershed ranking pools.  This will be done by the Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in April 2011 when the state's funds are received. 

Program Payment Limits

EQIPwill pay up to 75 percent of the costs of eligible conservation practices. Historically underserved farmers receive 90 percent cost share.

Decision Making Process for EQIP

Input from Outside Groups, Agencies and Citizens: In South Carolina the list of eligiblepractices, cost share rates and limits, and scoring criteria were developedbased on input and recommendations from the South Carolina State TechnicalCommittee (SCSTC).  The SCSTC is made up of representatives from variousagribusinesses, producer groups, conservation organizations and federal, stateand tribal government agency representatives.

The SCSTC receives input on factors affecting the program from the Local WorkGroups (LWG).  The LWG is made up of county agency staff.  Landownersmay provide advice and information to the LWG as part of the locally ledprocess.

A ranking tool will prioritize applications based on the resource concerns that each county selected.  The tool ranks applications on a watershed wide basis, not statewide.

2011 EQIP Ranking Criteria  NEW!

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419.

The following documents require AdobeAcrobat.

2011 EQIP Application  (PDF; 38 KB)
2011 EQIP General Cost List  (PDF; 80 KB)
2010 EQIP Organic Cost List  (PDF; 44 KB)
2011 EQIP Specialty Crop List (PDF; 80 KB)
2011 EQIP Underserved Cost List (PDF; 81 KB)
2011 EQIP Underserved Specialty Cost List (PDF; 80 KB)
2011 Animal Waste Ranking  (PDF; 8 KB)
2011 Beginning Farmer Ranking (PDF; 9 KB)
2010 Certified Organic Ranking  (PDF; 9 KB)
2011 Limited Resource Ranking  (PDF; 9 KB)
2011 Socially Disadvantaged Ranking (PDF; 9 KB)
2011 Specialty Crops Ranking (PDF; 9 KB)
2010 Transition Organic Ranking (PDF; 9 KB)
Adjusted Gross Income CCC 926 (PDF;  128 KB)
Power of Attorney FSA 211  (PDF; 284 KB)
Direct Deposit Form (PDF; 112 KB)


Shaun Worley
Program Specialist

Phone: 803-253-3512

Kellee Melton
Assistant State Conservationist (P)
(803) 765-5681