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FY09 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Oregon

FY09 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Oregon

  • About the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon
  • Regular EQIP
  • Organic EQIP
  • Lane County Air Quality EQIP
  • Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
  • EQIP Conservation Activity Plans
  • Technical and Financial Assistance
  • FY 2009 EQIP Practice Payment List
  • Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients 
  • EQIP Eligibility
  • Funding Selection and Priorities
  • For More Information
  • Contacts
  • Archived EQIP Information

    About the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides assistance to landowners and agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. EQIP is re-authorized through the 2008 Farm Bill

    With EQIP, NRCS provides funding and expertise for measures to protect natural resources while ensuring sustainable production on farms, ranches and working forest lands.

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    FY 2009 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 96 KB)

    EQIP Signup Opportunities in Oregon

    Those who are interested in EQIP should work with the local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you want on your land. Those who have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those who consider applying for EQIP for the first time should schedule a meeting with NRCS to discuss their options and develop a conservation plan before moving forward.

    Local NRCS conservationists will help you develop a conservation plan, identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the EQIP signup options available in Oregon.

    Regular EQIP EQIP applications may be submitted at any time with your local USDA Service Center. Periodically, NRCS announces cutoff dates when submitted applications are ranked and selected for funding. EQIP cutoff dates are announced in advance and vary based on location. For more information, see �Technical and Financial Assistance� below
    Organic EQIP Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers and those transitioning to organic production. The signup period closed on June 5, 2009.

    Lane County Air Quality EQIP

    Special EQIP funding is available to help Lane County orchardists and private, non-industrial forest landowners reduce air particulates generated by the use of fire as a management tool on orchards and working forest lands. The program also emphasizes activities that reduce wildfire hazards. Signup was held April 13 - May 15, 2009.
    Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Through AWEP, entities such as federally recognized Indian Tribes, States, units of local government, agricultural or silvicultural associations, or other such groups may propose partnership agreements to work with NRCS to deliver EQIP funding to landowners and growers in a targeted area. The Request For Proposals deadline for AWEP was April 1, 2009.
    EQIP Conservation Activity Plans The 2008 Farm Bill includes provisions to support conservation planning through development of Conservation Activity Plans for certain activities. A Conservation Activity Plan is a detailed plan designed to address concerns associated with a narrowly defined resource. In Oregon, growers and producers may apply for EQIP funding for the development of Forestry Activity Plans and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.  Signup was held April 27 - May 29, 2009.

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    Technical and Financial Assistance

    Technical Assistance:  Those who submit an application and are accepted into EQIP may receive technical assistance to plan conservation measures. Through EQIP, NRCS provides or covers the cost of professional technical services to develop conservation measures. This includes:

    Practice Payments:  EQIP participants may also receive practice payments to offset the costs associated with the installation, cost of materials, and/or income lost with adoption of conservation measures. Practices that may be funded through EQIP are listed in the EQIP Practice Payment List below. These include measures such as:

    • Manure management practices,
    • Efficient irrigation upgrades,
    • Forest management practices (Applicants must have an acceptable forest management plan in place in order to receive EQIP funding for forestry practices. This may be an NRCS Forest Management Activity Plan or other forest management plan; contact the local NRCS for more information.)
    • Erosion control and buffers,
    • Range and pasture planting,
    • Fencing and stockwater,
    • and many other items.

     2009 EQIP Practice Payment Lists

    The following is a list of practices and associated payment rates, please view the pages below.

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    2009 EQIP Practice Payment Rates (XLS, 70 KB)

    Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients 

    The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to provide EQIP practice payments totaling up to 90 percent of the costs associated with planning and implementing conservation measures for historically underserved program participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not participated in or that in the past have received limited benefits through USDA programs.

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    2009 EQIP Practice Payment Rates for Historically Underserved Clients (XLS, 70 KB)

    Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.

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    EQIP Eligibility

    To participate in EQIP, an applicant must be an individual, entity or joint operation that meets EQIP eligibility criteria. For more detailed information, go to:  2009 EQIP Eligibility

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    EQIP Funding Selection and Priorities

    Priorities for EQIP funding are established locally, based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Local Work Groups convened by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) provide advice to NRCS about natural resource issues and priorities within their counties. EQIP applications are evaluated based on these county priorities and are then prioritized for funding. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.

    For detailed ranking criteria based on location, click on one of the pages below:

    EQIP State and National Priorities
    Central Coast Upper Willamette Basin
    Deschutes Basin
    High Desert Basin
    John Day / Umatilla Basin
    Lower Willamette Basin
    North Coast Basin
    Snake Basin
    Southwest Oregon Basin

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    For More Information

    NRCS National EQIP Website
    Federal Register, Interim Final Rule for EQIP

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    Local Contact:
    Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.


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    Archived EQIP Information

    Last Modified:  08/23/2012