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Environmental Quality Incentive Program - Conservation Incentive Contract (CIC)

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program - Conservation Incentive Contract (EQIP-CIC) combines eligible management practices with needed supporting practices across High Priority Areas (HPA) determined by the State Conservationist in Oregon. Sign up for the current round of EQIP-CIC funding by February 11, 2022.

EQIP-CIC

The 2018 Farm Bill introduced EQIP incentive contracts to expand resource beneļ¬ts for producers for the implementation, adoption, management, and maintenance of incentive practices that effectively address at least one eligible priority resource concern within a State-identified high priority area. The focus for FY 2022 is on Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry and drought mitigation. EQIP incentive contracts can be a steppingstone for producers between EQIP classic and Conservation Stewardship Program contracts without enrolling the entire operation.

The conservation goals and funding priorities of the EQIP CIC High Priority Area (HPA) ranking pools are to focus on providing resource protection across the State of Oregon. 

EQIP-CIC High Priority Areas

HPA 1 - Lower Willamette / North Coast Basins

This high priority area covers Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Multnomah, Clackamas and Marion counties.

Land Use: Cropland
Resource Concern(s): Water depletion
Conservation Practices Available:

  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (329)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)
  • Irrigation Pipeline (430)
  • Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)
  • Sprinkler System (442)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Structure for Water Control (587)

HPA 2 - Central Coast / Upper Willamette and Southwest Basins

This high priority area covers Lincoln, Benton, Linn, Lane, Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties.

Land Use: Pasture
Resource Concern(s):

  • Soil quality limitations
  • Field sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss
  • Degraded plant condition

Conservation Practices Available:

  • Brush Management (314)
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment (315)
  • Fence (382)
  • Pasture and Hay Planting (512)
  • Livestock Pipeline (516)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Heavy Use Area (561)
  • Nutrient Management (590)
  • Watering Facility (614)

HPA 3 - John Day / Umatilla and Snake River Basins

This high priority area covers Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler, Grant, Union, Wallowa, Baker and Mahleur counties.

Land Use: Cropland
Resource Concern(s):

  • Soil quality limitations
  • Wind and water erosion

Conservation Practices Available:

  • Soil Testing (216)
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (329)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Surface Roughening (609)

HPA 4 - Deschutes and High Desert Basins

This high priority area covers Klamath County.

Land Use: Cropland
Resource Concern(s):

  • Soil quality limitations
  • Wind and water erosion

Conservation Practices Available:

  • Soil Testing (216)
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (329)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Surface Roughening (609)

Land Uses

The descriptions below are the general NRCS land use definitions - applications should fit within, but do not need to exactly match, these descriptions. Below are the applicable land uses for the ranking pool:

  • Crop: Land used primarily for the production and harvest of annual or perennial field, forage, food, fiber, horticultural, orchard, vineyard, or energy crops.
  • Pasture: Land composed of introduced or domesticated native forage species that is used primarily for the production of livestock. Pastures receive periodic renovation and cultural treatments, such as tillage, fertilization, mowing, weed control, and may be irrigated. Pastures are not in rotation with crops.

Additional Resources

Interested Applicants

For more information about EQIP, how to apply and program eligibility, interested applicants should contact a NRCS field office in the county which you own land or where you have an agricultural operation. Landowners are encouraged to apply by February 11, 2022.