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EQIP Cropland

Seasonal High TunnelThe EQIP cropland funding pool provides ranking criteria for conservation practices to address resource concerns on cropland. Resource concerns that are typically addressed in the cropland pool include Soil Erosion, Soil Quality Degradation, and Water Quality. 

Typical practices that are funded through the cropland pool include:

  • Agrichemical Handling Facility
  • Composting Facility
  • Conservation Cover
  • Cover Crop
  • Grassed Waterway
  • Residue and Tillage Management
  • Riparian Forest Buffers
  • Seasonal High Tunnel

Visit the Cropland Technical Page to learn more about resource concerns prevalent on cropland and conservation practices used to address them.

How Does Signup for EQIP Work?

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EQIP applications can be submitted anytime during the year. EQIP has a continuous sign-up with application cut-off dates to rank and prioritize any new or unfunded applications. A signed application can be filed with the local NRCS office at any time. View Current Funding Opportunities for current application periods. A signed application indicates an interest in developing a conservation plan, the first step in the application process.

EQIP is a competitive program that uses an evaluation and ranking process to assess the needs and cost effectiveness of implementing the conservation plan. Applications are grouped for competitive ranking into "funding pools" with the highest ranked applications in each pool selected for contract development. Funding pools that NRCS has established have been cropland, irrigated cropland, livestock, and forestland. View the application documents page for more information on ranking tools.

Contract offers that include practices to address soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, reduced animal waste production and reduced energy consumption are high priority.

Visit Opportunities for Historically Underserved Producers in New Jersey to learn more about how NRCS is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all our customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the under served and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and tribes of our state.

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