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FY21 Virginia EQIP - Documents & Procedures

National Programmatic, Landscape and State Initiatives funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Fiscal Year 2021 Virginia EQIP Screening and Ranking Criteria

National Program Initiatives:

  • StrikeForce Initiatives (eligible land must be within designated StrikeForce Localities)
    Ranking Pools: Cropland, Livestock

  • High Tunnel Systems (Socially Disadvantaged, by NRCS Area)

  • Organic Initiative (Certified and Transitional)

  • On-Farm Energy (Conservation Activity Plans)

Landscape Conservation Initiatives:

  • Long Leaf Pine Initiative

  • National Water Quality Initiative (Gap Creek, Mountain Run, and War Branch within the Smith Creek Watershed)

  • Working Lands for Wildlife (American Black Duck, Northern Bobwhite in Working Grasslands, and Golden-winged Warbler)

State Conservation Initiatives:

  • Cropland (competitive on an Area basis)

  • Forestry - Longleaf Pine/Shortleaf Pine and Hardwood Management (competitive on a Statewide basis)

  • Livestock (competitive on an Area basis)

  • Wildlife - Aquatic, Hellbender, Northern Bobwhite in Pine Savannahs, and Terrestrial (competitive on a Statewide basis)

FY21 EQIP Batching Period applicable to all of the offerings listed above

Batching Period (2021)

Application Deadline

Ranking Deadline


December 18, 2020

To Be Determined

Application Deadline: Applications received by close of business December 18,2020.

Applications pre-approved for funding MUST meet all USDA Program Eligibility prior to contract obligation. For more information regarding eligibility for NRCS Financial Assistance programs, visit our Eligibility page.


All FY21 applications for the initiatives listed above were reviewed using the FY21 EQIP General Screening Worksheet.  Applications that screened as Low will not be assessed, ranked or considered for funding until all eligible applications with a higher priority, addressing an eligible resource concern, have been assessed, ranked and considered for funding.

All Area Competitive Livestock applications will be screened via the FY21 EQIP Livestock Screening Worksheet. 

Assessment and Ranking:

  • Area Competive Livestock Applications receiving a High Priority based on this screening will be assessed, and ranked, using the appropriate Ranking Tool, by close of business on a To Be Determined date. Livestock Applications receiving a Medium priority will not be assessed or ranked until all High Priority applications within the associated NRCS Service Center have been ranked.

  • All other Applications that did not receive a Low Priority screening will be assessed and ranked, using the appropriate Ranking Tool, by close of business on a To Be Determined date.  

The FY21 EQIP Payment Schedule
(Practice availability varies by land use/ranking pool.)