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On-Farm Energy Initiative

On-Farm Energy









It’s no surprise that energy is a major business expense. Fortunately, farmers in South Carolina now have a significant opportunity through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Energy Initiative, to conserve energy. You can benefit from practices such as improved irrigation systems, pumping plant upgrades, and tillage management.

The EQIP Energy Initiative is a unique, multi-faceted “whole-farm” approach that will help you find the resources that lead to major energy savings – for you!

The Agricultural Act of 2014 provides authority for the use of Environmental Quality Incentives Program to provide financial opportunities for producers to address on-farm energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of energy conservation plans. 

The EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm through an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit; and by providing financial and technical assistance to help the producer implement various measures and practices recommended in an on-farm energy audit.


Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations engaged in agricultural production. Producers who grow agricultural commodities on eligible land and have resource concerns which may be addressed by energy conservation may participate in EQIP's On-Farm Energy Initiative.

EQIP Application Information

NRCS accepts and processes EQIP applications on a continuous basis.  However, states have a cutoff date for batching and ranking applications as funding allows. 

Additional Information‚Äč


Shaun Worley
Program Specialist
Phone: 803-253-3512

Stephen Henry
Assistant State Engineer
Phone: 803-765-5350