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General EQIP Information

Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 EQIP Fund Pools

Purpose of EQIP

The purpose of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Ranking and Funding Pools

In order to assure EQIP program funds are available to resource priorities across various land use types, for special emphasis resource needs and to assure that underserved groups have access to assistance California has developed the following types of ranking and funding pools –

Air Quality Fund Pools

National and state initiatives designed to provide financial assistance to producers address air quality compliance requirements in non-attainment areas of California. Please visit one of the website links below for more information.

  • California Air Quality (FY15 Coming Soon!)

  • National Air Quality (FY15 Coming Soon!)

Bay-Delta Fund Pools

A partner-driven national landscape-level initiative designed to provide financial assistance to address water quality, water quantity, and wildlife habitat resource concerns within the California Bay-Delta Central Valley watershed. Please visit the Bay-Delta Initiative webpage (FY15 coming soon) for more information.

Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Fund Pool

A Conservation Activity Plan or CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices. Please visit the CAP webpage (FY15 coming soon) for more information about CAPs and the fun pool.

Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership Fund Pools

In California two projects have been approved under the Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership – the Healthy Forest EQIP Initiative for Middle Klamath River Communities and the Healthy Forest EQIP Initiative for Middle Klamath River Communities. Please visit the Healthy Forest Initiative webpage (coming soon) for more information.

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Fund Pools

California’s fish and wildlife fund pools are designed to provide financial assistance to agricultural operators who want to create, improve or enhance fish or wildlife habitat on farms and ranches. Please visit one of the following links for more information about California fish and wildlife habitat fund pools. (coming soon)

  • Critical Waterbird Habit Enhancement

  • Declining Species Wildlife Habitat

  • Pacific Salmon Habitat Enhancement

  • Wildlife-Friendly Livestock Ponds

Historically Underserved Fund Pools

In California these fund pools are targeted to applicant’s that meet the criteria of beginning farmer/rancher or socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher and self-certify their status when submitting an EQIP application on Form NRCS-CPA-1200, “Conservation Program Application.” Please visit one of the following links for more information. (coming soon)

  • Beginning Farmer/Rancher

  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher

On-Farm Energy Fund Pool

A national on-farm initiative specifically designed to provide financial assistance to address energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of an agricultural energy management plan (AgEMP). Please visit the On-Farm Energy Initiative webpage (coming soon) for more information.

Organic Fund Pools

The national organic initiative is designed to provide financial assistance opportunities for organic, transition to organic and organic-exempt producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production as well as requirements related to the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements. (coming soon)

  • Certified Organic Producers

  • Transitioning to Organic and Exempt Producers

Regional Fund Pools

California’s regional fund pools are multi-county ranking and funding pools based on similar geographic, landscape climate, operation-type and resource conservation needs.  Please visit the six regional fund pool types for more information.

Seasonal High Tunnel Fund Pool

The seasonal high tunnel initiative can assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. The initiative has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by extending the growing season, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport. Please visit the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative webpage (coming soon) for more information.

Tribal Fund Pools

Tribes often have different conservation priorities than other producers and tribal culturally based priorities such as the management of traditional Native American food and fiber plants are not priorities for mainstream producers. Please visit the Tribal Initiative webpage for more information about financial assistance opportunities. (coming soon)

  • Forestland

  • Rangeland

  • Poly-Farms

  • Culturally Significant Plants

Water Quality Fund Pools

The NWQI was established as a joint initiative with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in FY 2012 to address agricultural sources of water pollution, including nutrients, sediment, pesticides, and pathogens related to agricultural production, in priority watersheds. In California two priority watersheds were identified for financial assistance opportunities. Please visit one the following webpages for more information. (coming soon)

  • National Water Quality Initiative for Calleguas Creek

  • National Water Quality Initiative for Salt River

Working Lands for Wildlife Fund Pools

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) is a partnership that leverages capabilities and resources, targets assistance where it is most needed, cooperatively engages state and local partners, and works collaboratively with agricultural producers, forest land managers, and Tribes.  NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have selected at-risk species whose decline can be reversed given sufficient resources and landowner participation.  In California two fund pools can provide financial assistance opportunities to agricultural operations for Sage Grouse and for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Please visit one of the following links for more information. (coming soon)

  • Sage Grouse Initiative

  • Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Initiative

FY14 National Initiatives

FY14 State Initiatives

FY14 Regional Fund Pools


Contacts

Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: Alan.Forkey@ca.usda.gov

Erik Beardsley, Program Specialist
Phone: 530-792-5649
Email: Erik.Beardsley@ca.usda.gov