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FY-18 EQIP Funding Category Table

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. With EQIP, NRCS conservationist experts provide both technical and financial assistance to implement environmentally beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural land.
 
Eligible agricultural producers can submit an EQIP application at any time.  However, NRCS announces "cut-off" or application submission deadline dates to evaluate, rank, and approve applications received by the announced date.

Additional Ohio EQIP Information Available:

      EQIP Home Page; EQIP Eligibility Documentation Checklist; EQIP News Releases

 Funding Categories
Descriptions
Next Submission
Deadline
Supporting Documents
Cropland
This category addresses soil erosion and water quality resource concerns on cropland and adjacent incidental areas and managed on a regional basis.
November 17, 2017
Forestry
This category assists producers with non-industrial private forest land address resource concerns on land used for producing forest-related products.
November 17, 2017
Pasture  Operations
This category assists producers that have a pasture operation to address natural resource concerns related to the growing, raising, or reproducing of livestock.
November 17, 2017
This category assists producers with confined livestock to address resource concerns related to the storage, treatment, and management of animal waste.
November 17, 2017
Wildlife Habitat Conservation
This category promotes habitat conservation for at-risk wildlife species, including restoring, developing, or enhancing wildlife habitat.
November 17, 2017
This category assists eligible producers implement conservation practices to address habitat loss without taking land out of production.  Thirty southern Ohio counties eligible (see map)
January 19, 2018
This category assists producers to extend the growing season, improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transportation, improve air quality through reduced transportation inputs, and reduce energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.
November 17, 2017
This category assists people in the Greater Cleveland area located in city-targeted agricultural use areas, areas designated as food deserts by USDA. High Tunnels give people an opportunity to grow fresh vegetables for most of the year while managing water and pests effectively.
November 17, 2017
This category assists producers identify ways to reduce energy use on their farms and to implement various recommended measures using conservation practices that address inefficient use of on-farm energy. A screening tool is required to be ranked in this category. This initiative only offers assistance for 128 Conservation Activity Plans-Ag Energy Management Plans (AgEMPs) and certain energy conservation practices.
November 17, 2017
This category assists organic producers implement a broad set of conservation practices to address resource concerns. A screening tool is required to be ranked in this category. This initiative is further divided to rank certified organic operations and transitioning to organic operations separately. Producers exempt from certification are considered under the transitioning category.
November 17, 2017
Honey Bee Pollinator
This category assists producers increase honey bee habitat.  The honey bee pollinator effort will provide floral forage habitats to benefit hive nutritional health as part of an overall effort to increase the health of honey bees.
November 17, 2017
Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project
This category assists producers increase monarch butterfly habitat. Planting milkweed and nectar-rich plants not only benefit butterflies, they also strengthen agricultural operations and support other beneficial insects and wildlife.
November 17, 2017
Beginning Farmer and Rancher
This fund category is for applicants meeting the definition of Beginning Farmer/Rancher or Veteran Farmer/Ranchers who also meet the Beginning Farmer/Rancher definition.
November 17, 2017
Limited Resource Farmer
This category assists limited resource producers address resource concerns.
November 17, 2017
Socially Disadvantaged Producer
This category assists socially disadvantaged producers address resource concerns.
November 17, 2017
A Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) developed by a non-NRCS individual or entity identifies conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need, typically for land transitioning to organic production, grazing land, or forest land, or for specific resource needs such as nutrient management.
October 20, 2017
RCPP promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners.
 
Promoting Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Phosphorus - Crop land in portions of Delaware, Knox, Licking, and Morrow Counties
November 17, 2017
East Fork Little Miami Nutrient Reduction Initiative - Crop and pasture land in portions of Brown, Clermont, Clinton, and Highland Counties
November 17, 2017
Clear Creek Watershed Project - This projects focus is on applying conservation practices to improve water quality, improving soil health, and providing habitat for at risk species in the watershed. Highland County, Ohio
January 19, 2018
Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction - A team of partners in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana use a targeted approach to reduce phosphorus and increase farmer access to public and private technical assistance in targeted sub-watersheds. In Ohio, sign up is available under the Livestock option, emphasis will be placed on waste storage facilities. See project map for eligible counties.
November 17, 2017
Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement - The purpose of this project is to address habitat loss, soil health, and water quality by applying conservation practices intended to enhance acres of forest habitat on private lands for the Cerulean Warblers. Screening Tool is required.
 
Ranking Questions
Practices
Screening Tool

Resource Concerns
Payment Schedule
Project Map
News Release
GLRI protects and restores watersheds to combat invasive species, protect watersheds and shorelines, reduce non-point source pollution, and restore wetlands and other habitat areas. This GLRI project is for producers in Ohio’s Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) in the following sub-watershed: Blanchard, Lower Maumee, Upper Auglaize, Cedar-Portage, Sandusky, St. Marys, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Tiffin, and Upper Maumee.
November 17, 2017
Southern Appalachian Outreach Project
The project will promote best management practices in Adams, Athens, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington Counties.  Special emphasis will be placed on grassland management, planned grazing systems, nutrient management and winter feeding management to address water quality and soil erosion concerns.
November 17, 2017
Oak Management
The project will assist woodland owners implement conservation measures recommended by foresters. The project area includes the Wayne National Forest and Ohio State Forests, as well as privately held forest land in Adams, Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto, Vinton, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross and Washington Counties.
November 17, 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 watersheds:
February 16, 2018
This category assists WLEB producers implement a broad set of conservation practices to address water quality concerns. A screening worksheet is required in this category. To be eligible for this initiative, you must be located in Ohio WLEB counties identified on the Project Map.  
March 16, 2018
Pasture Improvement Project
The project is designed to assist landowners implement conservation practices through progressive planning on pasture land in Adams, Athens, Fayette, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Scioto, and Vinton Counties.
March 16, 2018
Conservation Enhancement and Outreach Project
The project is designed to assist landowners implement conservation practices to protect natural resources while enhancing pasture, crop, and forestland through targeted funding in Morgan and Guernsey Counties.
March 16, 2018
Indian Lake Cover Crop Initiative
The project will assist agricultural producers utilize effective nutrient management methods and install cover crops to improve water quality in the Indian Lake Watershed.
March 16, 2018
Invasive Species Control in Woodlots - Delaware County
The project will assist agricultural producers, or farm or forest landowners implement conservation measures to remove invasive plants in woodlots in Delaware County. 
March 16, 2018
Seven Mile Creek Water Quality Project
The project will assist agricultural producers improve water quality by implementing cover crops in Preble County’s Seven Mile Creek Watershed.
March 16, 2018
East Fork Clean Water Initiative
The project will assist agricultural producers improve water quality  in the East Fork Watersheds in parts of Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland and Warren Counties.
April 20, 2018
MRBI promotes the use of key conservation practices to address critical water quality concerns to reduce nutrient loading in local water bodies, and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico.
 
This project will assist agricultural producers in Adams County apply conservation measures to improve water quality in the Brush Creek Watershed.
March 16, 2018
This project will assist eligible agricultural producers apply conservation measures to improve water quality in the Upper Paint Creek Watershed.
March 16, 2018