The Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) provides authority to use EQIP financial assistance for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of plans appropriate for the eligible land of a program participant. The conservation practice associated with plan development under this authority will be known as a conservation activity plan or CAP. Conservation Activity Plans are specialized, in-depth plans that address specific resources and can be used to improve management. Many of the recommendations from the plans can be part of a subsequent application for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). North Carolina is currently offering the following CAPs:
The Farm Bill statute allows EQIP payment up to 75 percent of the estimated incurred cost of practice implementation, which for a CAP practice will be the development of a conservation plan meeting agency standards and requirements (and up to 90 percent of the estimated incurred cost for qualifying historically underserved producers). The agency approves the conservation activity plans to be offered through EQIP each fiscal year and each state may support only specific CAPs. Eligible producers may apply for offered CAPs that are available in the state through application at their local NRCS office. EQIP payments are made directly to program participants for development of a CAP by a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP).