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2018 Montana EQIP Funding Pools, Initiatives and Ranking Documents

FY 2018 EQIP Practice Payment Schedule for Montana (regular and Historically Underserved [HU]) apply to all funding pools. Historically Underserved participants may receive the higher payment rates (listed as HU on the schedule.) See the Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page for the NRCS definition of the Historically Underserved.

Detailed information on Cost Data can be found in Section I of the Field Office Technical Guide.

Montana Funding Pools

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Description

Ranking Documents

Application Deadline

General EQIP The funding pool is managed on an area-wide basis, so applicants within an NRCS Area are competing against each other.
  • Bozeman Area
  • Great Falls Area
  • Missoula Area
  • Miles City Area
Map of NRCS Montana Areas June 2, 2017
Beginning Farmer/Rancher The primary focus of this funding pool is to help beginning farmers and ranchers address resource concerns on their operations.   June 2, 2017
Socially Disadvantaged - Nontribal     June 2, 2017
Socially Disadvantaged - Tribal
  • Blackfeet
  • Crow
  • Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)
  • Fort Belknap
  • Fort Peck
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Rocky Boy
  June 2, 2017
National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) NWQI helps producers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and pathogen contributions from agricultural land in the following watershed: More information on the national NWQI webpage.

NWQI-Camp and Godfrey Creeks (Lower Gallatin) Ranking (PDF; 11 KB)

December 15, 2017

Initiative Funding Pools in Montana

Funding Pool

Description

Ranking Documents

Application Deadline

High Tunnel Systems NRCS helps producers implement high tunnels that extend growing seasons for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. High tunnel benefits include better plant and soil quality and fewer nutrients and pesticides in the environment. High Tunnel Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
Honey Bee Pollinators NRCS will work with agricultural producers to combat future declines by helping them to implement conservation practices that provide forage for honey bees while enhancing habitat for other pollinators and wildlife. Honey Bee Pollinators Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
National On-Farm Energy Initiative (NOFEI) NOFEI has two components. In the first component, agricultural producers work with an NRCS-approved Technical Service Provider to develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans or farm energy audits that assess energy consumption on an operation. In the second component, NRCS may also provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in the energy audit through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative. NOFEI Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
National Organic Initiative (NOI) NRCS will assist producers with installation of conservation practices on agricultural operations related to organic production. Producers currently certified as organic, transitioning to organic, or National Organic Program exempt will have access to a broad set of conservation practices to assist in treating their resource concerns while fulfilling many of the requirements in an Organic System Plan. NOI Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
Sage Grouse Initiative Invasive Conifer Removal Conifer encroachment into sagebrush rangelands affects the productivity of grazing lands and can be detrimental for sage-grouse and other species that depend on sagebush-steppe habitat. The most cost-effective approach for conifer treatment is to target early encroachment stands, where small trees can be completely removed and the existing sagebrush community sustained. By targeting early stages of encroachment in intact sagebrush landscapes, habitat for wildlife can be improved. Sage Grouse Initiative Invasive Conifer Removal Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
Sage Grouse Initiative Cropland Seeding Loss and fragmentation of sage-grouse habitat is the primary threat to sage-grouse. Through this initiative, landowners can work with NRCS to seed cropland in sage-grouse habitat back to perennial species to improve the connectivity for not only sage-grouse, but the many other species that depend on large, intact landscapes. Sage Grouse Initiative Cropland Seeding Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
Wildfire Recovery NRCS is offering assistance to farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires in 2017 with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical area plantings, and cover crops. Wildfire Recovery Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018
Special Project Funding Pools in Montana

Funding Pool

Description

Ranking Documents

Application Deadline

Yellowstone Region Agricultural Sustainability Project This project seeks to define best management practices for irrigated agricultural producers in Big Horn, Carbon, and Yellowstone counties of Southern Montana that would lower natural resource consumption and degradation. Yellowstone Region Agricultural Sustainability RCPP Project Ranking (coming soon) January 19, 2018