Virginia 2014 EQIP Documents & Procedures
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Farm Bill Evaluation Periods for Fiscal Year 2014
Applications for financial assistance are accepted year-round. NRCS has established four ranking periods for FY2014:
Ranking Period 1: Forestry Applications received by close of business on November 15, 2013
Ranking Period 2: All Applications received by close of business on December 20, 2013
Ranking Period 3: All Applications received by close of business on January 17, 2014
Ranking Period 4: All Applications received by close of business on February 21, 2014
Longleaf Pine Initiative and National Water Quality Initiatve (Only)
Ranking Period 5: All Applications received by close of business on March 21, 2014
When applying for EQIP or WHIP, remember that your name, address, and social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) must match the information you have on file with the IRS and FSA, and the information provided on the Direct Deposit Form. If you cannot recall your EIN and address used, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-4933. You should "Request confirmation of Employer Identification Number (EIN), IRS Letter 147C, EIN Previously Assigned. The IRS can fax the letter to you, but you must remain on the line and have a separate open fax line to receive the fax. The letter can be mailed. The requester will receive the IRS Letter 147C, in 7 to 10 business days.
Conservation Practices available for FY14 (Practice availability varies by the resoucre concerns listed below. Consult your NRCS Conservation Planner to learn more).
Access Control, Access Road, Agricultural Energy Management Plan-Headquarters, Agricultural Energy Management Plan-Landscape, Amendments for the Treatment of Agricultural Waste, Anaerobic Digester, Animal Mortality Facility, Animal Trail or Walkway, Aquatic Organism Passage, Bivalve Auaculture Gear and Biofouling Control, Brush Management, Composting Facility, Comprehensive Nutrient Managemetn Plan, Conservation Cover, Conservation Crop Rotation, Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition, Contour Buffer Strips, Contour Farming, Cover Crop, Critical Area Planting, Deep Tillage, Dike, Diversion, Drainage Water Management, Drainage Water Management Plan, Early Successional Habitat Development and Management, Farmstead Energy Improvement, Feed Management Plan, Fence, Field Border, Filter Strip, Firebreak, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Managment Plan, Forage and Biomass Planting, Forest Management Plan, Forest Stand Improvement, Grade Stabilization Structure, Grassed Waterway, Grazing Management Plan, Heavy Use Area Protection, Hedgerow Planting, Herbaceous Weed Control, Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation Pipeline, Irriagation System - Microirrigation, Irrigation Water Management, Irrigation Water Management Plan, Karst Sinkhole Treatment, Lined Waterway or Outlet, Livestock Pipeline, Mulching, Nutrient Management, Nutrient Management Plan, Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Plan, Pond, Pond Sealing or Lining, Prescribed Burning, Prescribed Burning Management Plan, Prescribed Grazing, Pumping Plant, Residue and Tillage Managment - Mulch Till/No-Till/Strip Till, Restoration and Managment of Rare and Declining Habitats, Riparian Forest Buffer, Riparian Herbaceous Cover, Roat/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment, Roof Runoff Structure, Roofs and Covers, Seasonal High Tunnel for Crops, Sediment Basin, Silvopasture, Spring Development, Stream Crossing, Stream Habitat Improvement, Streambank and Shoreline Protection, Stripcropping, Structure for Water Control, Subsurface Drain, Tree and Shrub Establishment, Tree and Shrub Site Preparation, Underground Outlet, Waste Facility Closure, Waste Separation Facility, Waste Storage Facility, Waste Transfer, Waste Treatment, Waste Treatment Lagoon, Water Well, Water Well Decomissioning, Watering Facility, Wetland Creation, Wetland Enhancement, Wetland Restoration, and Windbreak/Shelterbreak Establishment.
Applications are grouped by which Resource Concerns they seek to address. Below are Virginia's Resource Concern Categories. When you apply, your local NRCS representative will assist you in determining your resource concerns. All Resouce Concerns below use the FY14 EQIP Payment Schedule.
Virginia's Resource Concerns
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Cropland: Water Quality Concerns - Assistance to improve soil quality and protectk water quality with an emphasis on crop rotations, high residue crop production and erosion control practices.
Livestock: Assistance to establish riparian buffers; establish and implements grazing systems; and assistance to store, manage, and apply animal waste and other nutrients more effectively and efficiently while minimizing any associated environmental risks.
Aquaculture: Assistance in support of Aquaculture practices that are designed to minimize environmental waste and restore oyster habitat in association with bottom aquaculture production. Core Practice: • 400 Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofouling Control
Beginning Farmer: Ten percent of all EQIP funds have been set aside to assist new farmers and/or historically underserved clients. Landowners certify they belong to one of these groups. Incentive payments up to 90% for installation of conservation practices are available for new and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. In addition, individuals may receive up to 30% in advance for purchasing materials or contracting.
Conservation Activity Plans: Financial assistance for the creation of Conservation Activity Plans or CAPs. CAPS are created by Technical Service Provders and identify resource concerns and address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land or forest land
Forestry - Assistance to establish or re-establish forest trees and with stabilization of logging roads, skid trails and landings on privately owned noncommercial forest land.
Irrigation Water Management - Assistance to improve irrigation water management on land the has been irrigated two of the last five years.
Seasonal High Tunnel: Assistance to construct a seasonal high tunnel (a polyethylene-covered structure at least six feet high) which modifies the climate to create more favorable growing conditions for vegetable and other specialty crops grown in the natural soil beneath it.
Socially Disadvantaged Participants: Ten percent of all EQIP funds have been set aside to assist new farmers and/or historically underserved clients. Landowners certify they belong to one of these groups. Incentive payments up to 90% for installation of conservation practices are available for new and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. In addition, individuals may receive up to 30% in advance for purchasing materials or contracting.
Wildlife - Habitat Creation & Wildlife - Habitat Maintenance: The purpose of this fund pool is to assist participants in the development of wildlife habitat on private agricultural land or nonindustrial private forest land.
Long Leaf Pine Initiative: Assistance to establish or re-establish Long Leaf Pine.
Organic Initiative: Provides financial assistance to help implement conservation practices for organic producers and those transitioning to organic to address natural resource concerns. It also helps growers meet requirements related to National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and certain program payment limitations.
On-Farm Energy Initiative: Enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm through two types of Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) for headquarters and/or for landscape, also known as an on-farm energy audit (headquarters and/or landscape); and by providing financial and technical assistance to help the producer implement various conservation practices recommended in these on-farm energy audits.
If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Ron Wood at (804) 287-1660.
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