On-Farm Energy Initiative
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.
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.
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.
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
- Grazed Range
- Native/Naturalized Pasture
Sheet – AgEMP Funding Opportunity
National AgEMP Web Page
Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant
State Conservationist for Programs, (605) 352-1226
Jennifer Wurtz, Resource
Conservationist, (605) 352-1225