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Fiscal Year 2009 Kansas EQIP

Kansas 2009 EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information

General Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to assist eligible participants install or implement structural, vegetative, and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of 10 years. EQIP activities are carried out according to a conservation plan of operations developed with the program participants. Conservation practices are subject to Kansas NRCS electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) standards and specifications. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider for technical assistance, if available.

Historically underserved farmer/rancher (beginning farmer/rancher [BF], limited resource farmer/rancher [LRF], and socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher [SD]) are eligible for a higher payment rate. Certification that participants meet this requirement is made on the application, Form NRCS-CPA-1200.

NRCS will establish application evaluation periods and a cut-off date each year when funds must be obligated. The application evaluation period cutoff for Fiscal Year 2009 has been changed to April 10, 2009 due to the issuance of the interim final rule.

Applications can be taken at any time during the year. Sign-up is conducted at local USDA Service Centers

EQIP is a competitive program. Since program implementation in 1997, demand for EQIP financial assistance in Kansas has greatly exceeded the funds available. Producers should not hesitate to sign-up for the program if they have a resource concern the program seeks to address. NRCS is available for assistance to determine if a resource concern exists on the site.

How EQIP Works in Kansas

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