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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Information on this page:

  • EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon
  • Technical and Financial Assistance
  • FY 2015 EQIP Practice Payment List
  • EQIP Eligibility
  • Funding Selection and Priorities
  • For More Information
  • Contacts
  • Archived EQIP Information

  • EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon

    Those who are interested in EQIP should work with the local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you want on your land. Those who have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those who consider applying for EQIP for the first time should schedule a meeting with NRCS to discuss their options before moving forward. Local NRCS conservationists will help you develop a conservation plan, identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the EQIP signup options available in Oregon.

    Sign-Up Option Description 2015 Application Cutoff Dates
    Regular EQIP EQIP applications may be submitted at any time with your local USDA Service Center. For more information, see “Technical and Financial Assistance” below.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

    On Farm Energy Initiative Assist producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

    Fire Initiative Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help address resource concerns on private and tribal land.

    09/19/14
    11/21/14

    Organic Initiative Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers and those transitioning to organic production.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

    Sage-Grouse Initiative Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating a specific threat to sage-grouse on private lands through strategic use of conservation programs.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

    Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative A Program available to agricultural producers, designed to strengthen local and regional food markets and increase the use of sustainable conservation practices that will improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transport and reduce energy inputs.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

    East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Partnership The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) have entered into a partnership to provide technical assistance and cost sharing opportunities for private forestland owners.

    01/16/15
    03/20/15

     

    Technical and Financial Assistance

    Technical Assistance:  Those who submit an application and are accepted into EQIP may receive technical assistance to plan conservation measures. Through EQIP, NRCS provides or covers the cost of professional technical services to develop conservation measures. This includes:

    • On-site assessments
    • Site-specific practice and management plans/Conservation Activity Plan.
    • Engineering designs

    Practice Payments:  EQIP participants may also receive financial assistance to offset the costs associated with installation or adoption of conservation practices.  Eligible conservation practices that are listed in the EQIP Practice Payment Schedule list below:

    • Irrigation systems
    • Irrigation water management
    • Forest stand improvements
    • Fence
    • Livestock watering
    • Waste management systems
    • Vegetative buffers
    • and more


     2015 EQIP Practice Payment Lists

    The following are lists of practices and associated payment rates for each of the EQIP sign-up options.

    Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients: EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not participated in or that in the past have received limited benefits through USDA programs. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.

    The document below requires Microsoft Excel

    2015 EQIP Practice Payment List 2015 EQIP Practice Payment List -- Historically Underserved
    Regular EQIP FY 15 Regular EQIP (XLSX, 62 KB) FY 15 Regular EQIP HU (XLSX, 78 KB)
    EQIP Organic Initiative FY 15 Organic EQIP (XLSX, 64 KB) FY 15 Organic EQIP HU (XLSX, 65 KB)
    EQIP Wildfire Initiative FY 15 Wildfire Initiative (XLSX, 26 KB) FY 15 Wildfire Initiative HU (XLSX, 28 KB)
    EQIP On Farm Energy Initiative FY 15 On Farm Energy Initiative (XLSX, 36 KB) FY 15 On Farm Energy Initiative HU (XLSX, 35 KB)
    EQIP Sage Grouse Initiative FY 15 Sage Grouse Initiative (XLSX, 14 KB) FY 15 Sage Grouse Initiative HU (XLSX, 14 KB)
    EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative FY 15 Seasonal High Tunnel (XLSX, 18 KB) FY 15 Seasonal High Tunnel  HU (XLSX, 18 KB)
    East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Partnership FY 15 East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Partnership (XLSX, 23 KB) FY 15 East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Partnership HU (XLSX, 28 KB)

     

    EQIP Eligibility

    To participate in any of the EQIP sign-up options, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. For more detailed information, go to:  EQIP Eligibility

     

    EQIP Funding Selection and Priorities

    Priorities for EQIP funding are established locally, based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Local Work Groups convened by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) provide advice to NRCS about natural resource issues and priorities within their counties. EQIP applications are evaluated based on these county priorities and are then prioritized for funding. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.

    For detailed ranking criteria based on location, click on one of the pages below:

    EQIP Ranking Questions
    EQIP Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) -- Coming Soon

     

    For More Information

    NRCS National EQIP Website
    Federal Register, 2008 EQIP Interim Final Rule and Correction  (PDF, 54 KB)

     

    Contact

    Program Contact
    Todd Peplin 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd Portland Oregon 97232 503-414-3292

    Local Contact
    Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

     

    Archived EQIP Information