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EQIP FY10

Virginia FY2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

2010 EQIP Program Information - General Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was established in the 1996 Farm Bill to provide a single, voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers to address significant natural resource concerns. Nationally, it provides technical and financial assistance to address natural resource concerns. Administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), EQIP was reauthorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and awards cost share assistance to projects which provide significant environmental benefit. Eligible farmers and ranchers may apply for EQIP program benefits at any time. Application ranking periods are established to allow evaluation of projects and awarding of contracts based upon an environmental score for each application that achieves the natural resource benefits identified by local, state and national priorities. Practices eligible for cost share and the environmental score is calculated based upon ranking criteria developed with input from Local Work Groups (LWG), Stakeholders and the State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

2010 EQIP Sign-up Information

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications can be submitted to NRCS Field Offices at any time during the year. However, a deadline for consideration of current year funds is required in order to make funding decisions.  In order to be considered for funding, the applicant and the land to be enrolled must be eligible. To learn more about eligibility, visit our eligibility page.

The EQIP application deadlines are as follows:

Regular EQIP
    First Ranking Period - 2/26/2010
    Second Ranking Period - 3/12/2010

Forestry EQIP
    First Ranking Period - 2/12/2010
    Second Ranking Period - 3/12/2010

Organic Initiative
    First Ranking Period - 3/12/2010

Contact:
Dan Solomon
(804) 287-1661
E-mail: dan.solomon@va.usda.gov