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NRCS Program Participant Eligibility

EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers.

    NRCS programs and associated program benefits are available to eligible producers who meet basic eligibility requirements.  Refer to individual program descriptions for specific information for each program located on this website.  Each program may have entity, person, land or activity related requirements which must be met in order to qualify for benefits.  Most programs require submittal of applications, determination of eligibility and project evaluation be completed at the local NRCS field office level for Financial Assistance Programs or the
NH State Office for Easement Programs by specified deadlines.

    For EQIP, AMA, CSP, and WRE programs, eligible applicants must maintain or update the following information, records, certifications and financial documents before submitting an application.  In addition to NRCS program requirements, producers are advised to carefully review all other eligibility requirements including update of farm records administered by the Farm Services Agency (FSA).  Producers are strongly encouraged to contact their local NRCS and FSA offices to make sure all records are current and correct before submitting a program application.  Producers who submit incomplete applications or whose farm records and certifications are not up-to-date and eligibility is not verified may be deferred.

Land Eligibility

Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture land, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.


Records that may be required:

Specific records are required may include, but are not limited to the following documents. You can contact your local field office if you have any questions.

  • Proof of Identity: Authorized persons may be required to show a valid state driver's license, passport or other personal identification as well as Social Security or EIN numbers, address and other information.

  • Signature Authority: Self-certification of signature authority as indicated on Form CCC-901 or documents such as articles of incorporation, charter, bylaws, partnership agreements, trust agreements, wills and similar legal evidence.

  • Land Ownership or control: The applicant may be required to provide evidence of control of land through ownership documents (deeds, etc.) or lease information (rental agreements, permits, lease, etc) for the length of the contract.

  • Map depicting ownership boundaries for all land the applicant owns and operates.


Forms that may be required:

Please note that the following forms numbers are posted for reference. You can find the most recent version of these form at the eForms website

  • Form NRCS-CPA-1200:
    'Conservation Program Application' - Signed and dated by all program participants or authorized persons.
    Depending upon the applicant and existing records, these additional forms and documentation may need to be completed:

  • Form CCC-941:
    'Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information'

  • Form AD-1026:
    'Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation Certification'

    More information about HELC can be found here at the National HELC website

  • Form CCC-901:
    'Members Information'
     (if applicable)

  • Form CCC-902-E:
    'Farm Operating Plan for an Entity'

  • Form CCC-902-I:
    'Farm Operating Plan for an Individual'

  • Form SF-1199A:
    'Direct Deposit Sign-Up Form'

  • FSA 211-211-A:
    'Power of Attorney'
    (if applicable)


Note - Confidential and private information:

Many of the program application forms or documentation require the applicant to provide sensitive, contact, financial or other confidential information.  Disclosure of this data is voluntary, but failure to provide the required information in a timely manner may result in the deferral of an application or denial of a benefit payment.  By law and policy, confidential, private and sensitive information is protected by USDA and employees and agency partners are subject to penalty and disciplinary action for inappropriate or mismanagement of private data.

For other program requirements, please refer to the individual program information pages or assigned program specialist for further assistance.  The following links can be used to obtain program application forms and information regarding appeals and Freedom of Information requests.


Links:

Electronic versions of forms
NRCS Conservation Program Appeals Division
USDA National Appeals Division
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


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Contact:

Leo Smock-Randall, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
USDA-NRCS
273 Locust St., Suite 2D
Dover, NH  03820
603-868-9931 x 127