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On-Farm Energy Initiative

The 2008 Farm Bill provides authority to use Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) financial assistance funds for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP).  The energy initiative is designed to help agricultural producers become more energy efficient in a cost-effective manner. 


The On-Farm Energy Audit/Implementation Initiative continues to provide assistance to producers who have not yet conducted an on-farm energy audit resulting in the development of an AgEMP, and now also provides assistance to help producers implement the energy conservation and efficiency recommendations of the AgEMP.


The AgEMP must be developed by a Technical Service Provider (TSP) within 12 months of contract obligation.  The contract length is limited to two years.  A directory of TSPs can be found at the above link. 


Please contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office to sign an application.  Applications are continuously accepted but are held for the next round of funding, if the application cutoff date has passed.

Eligible Land Use

  • Cropland
  • Grazed Range
  • Native/Naturalized Pasture
  • Headquarters

Additional Information

Fact Sheet – AgEMP Funding Opportunity

National AgEMP Web Page 

Comet-Farm Quick Energy Tool

CAP Checklists

Program Contacts

Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, (605) 352-1226

Jennifer Wurtz, Resource Conservationist, (605) 352-1225