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EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative

On-Farm Energy Initiative

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) On-Farm Energy Initiative helps farmers and ranchers make improvements that can boost energy efficiency on the farm. This emerging agricultural trend reduces input costs, increases productivity per unit of energy consumed by equipment and lighting, and reduces air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.

Financial assistance is available to inventory and analyze farm systems that use energy and identify opportunities to improve efficiency by developing an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP). The plan is completed by NRCS-certified Technical Service Providers (TSPs) and provides:

  • Itemized energy use by individual systems to establish a baseline for electricity and other fuel improvements,
  • Recommendations for equipment improvements and upgrades,
  • Potential energy reductions and financial savings for each recommendation
  • Cost estimates of potential improvements, and
  • Length of expected payback for energy efficiency upgrades

Once an plan or other qualifying energy audit has been completed, eligible producers can apply for EQIP assistance for the purchase, installation, or retrofit of certain buildings or equipment to improve energy efficiency.  Examples of items eligible for energy efficiency improvements include:

  • Lighting
  • Plate coolers
  • Ventilation and fans
  • Irrigation pumps
  • Grain dryers
  • Greenhouse improvements
  • Maple syrup evaporators
  • Heating and refrigeration units
  • Insulation and building envelope sealing
  • Motor controls and variable speed drive

Conservation Energy Estimators

To make energy-efficient conservation practice decisions, try the NRCS Energy Estimator Tools. 

Energy Estimator: Animal Housing          Energy Estimator: Irrigation

Energy Estimator: Nitrogen                     Energy Estimator: Tillage

Ready to improve energy use efficiencies on your farm or ranch?  Check out Apply for EQIP.

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