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Virginia 2016 EQIP Documents & Procedures

Virginia 2016 EQIP Documents & Procedures
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Farm Bill Evaluation Periods for Fiscal Year 2016

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Applications for financial assistance are accepted year-round. NRCS has established one ranking period for FY2016:

Ranking Period 1: Applications received by close of business on February 19, 2016,  will be reviewed for program eligibility*, and, if eligible, will be screened, and ranked in order of Priority.

*Applications from participants that are not eligible, as determined by NRCS, as of close of business on February 19, 2016 will not be screened or ranked until their eligibility has been verified by NRCS. For more information regarding eligibility for NRCS Financial Assistance programs, visit our Eligibility page.

Applications assigned a Low Priority, based on Virginia's Prescreening Worksheet, will not be ranked or considered for funding until all eligible applications with a higher priority, that address an eligible resource concern have been ranked and considered for funding.

All Cropland and Livestock applications that did not receive a Low Priority as noted above, will next be Screened via Virginia's SCREENING WORKSHEET FY 2016 Environmental Quality Incentives Program – EQIP Cropland OR Virginia's SCREENING WORKSHEET FY 2016 Environmental Quality Incentives Program – EQIP Livestock.  Applications that receive a High Priority based on this screening will then be ranked using the appropriate Ranking Tool.

When applying for EQIP, remember that your name, address, and social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) must match the information you have on file with the IRS and FSA, and the information provided on the Direct Deposit Form.  If you cannot recall your EIN and address used, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-4933.  You should "Request confirmation of Employer Identification Number (EIN), IRS Letter 147C, EIN Previously Assigned.  The IRS can fax the letter to you, but you must remain on the line and have a separate open fax line to receive the fax.  The letter can be mailed. The requester will receive the IRS Letter 147C, in 7 to 10 business days.

Conservation Practices available and their respective Payment Rates are available in our FY16 EQIP Payment Schedule. Practice availability varies by the resource concerns listed below. Consult your NRCS Conservation Planner to learn more.

Applications are grouped by which Resource Concerns they seek to address.  Below are Virginia's Resource Concern Categories.  When you apply, your local NRCS representative will assist you in determining your resource concerns.

Virginia's Resource Concerns for FY16

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Locally Led

  • Cropland: Water Quality Concerns - Assistance to improve soil quality and protect water quality with an emphasis on crop rotations, high residue crop production and erosion control practices.
    • Cropland Ranking Summary (This Ranking Summary is the same for the entire state)

      Available Practices in the Cropland Fund Pool
       
      Code Practice Name   Code Practice Name
      317 Composting Facility   338 Prescribed Burning
      327 Conservation Cover   533 Pumping Plant
      328 Conservation Crop Rotation   329 Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till
      332 Contour Buffer Strips   345 Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced 
      330 Contour Farming   643 Restoration and Management of Rare and D
      340 Cover Crop   391 Riparian Forest Buffer
      342 Critical Area Planting   390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover
      356 Dike   558 Roof Runoff Structure
      362 Diversion   367 Roofs and Covers
      554 Drainage Water Management   350 Sediment Basin
      647 Early Successional Habitat Development/M   395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Managemen
      386 Field Border   580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection
      393 Filter Strip   585 Stripcropping
      394 Firebreak   587 Structure for Water Control
      512 Forage and Biomass Planting   649 Structures for Wildlife
      410 Grade Stabilization Structure   606 Subsurface Drain
      412 Grassed Waterway   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      561 Heavy Use Area Protection   490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
      422 Hedgerow Planting   620 Underground Outlet
      325 High Tunnel System   645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
      430 Irrigation Pipeline   351 Well Decommissioning
      441 Irrigation System, Microirrigation   658 Wetland Creation
      449 Irrigation Water Management   659 Wetland Enhancement
      527 Karst Sinkhole Treatment   657 Wetland Restoration
      468 Lined Waterway or Outlet   644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
      484 Mulching   380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
      590 Nutrient Management      
  • Livestock: Assistance to establish riparian buffers; establish and implements grazing systems; and assistance to store, manage, and apply animal waste and other nutrients more effectively and efficiently while minimizing any associated environmental risks.
    • Livestock Ranking Summary (This Ranking Summary is the same for the entire state)

      Available Practices in the Livestock Fund Pool
       
      Code Practice Name   Code Practice Name
      472 Access Control   533 Pumping Plant
      560 Access Road   643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat
      591 Amendments for Treatment of Ag Waste   391 Riparian Forest Buffer
      366 Anaerobic Digestor   390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover
      316 Animal Mortality Facility   558 Roof Runoff Structure
      314 Brush Management   367 Roofs and Covers
      317 Composting Facility   350 Sediment Basin
      327 Conservation Cover   381 Silvopasture Establishment
      342 Critical Area Planting   574 Spring Development
      356 Dike   578 Stream Crossing
      362 Diversion   395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
      647 Early Successional Habitat Development/M   580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection
      382 Fence   587 Structure for Water Control
      386 Field Border   649 Structures for Wildlife
      393 Filter Strip   606 Subsurface Drain
      394 Firebreak   575 Trails and Walkways
      512 Forage and Biomass Planting   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      410 Grade Stabilization Structure   490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
      412 Grassed Waterway   620 Underground Outlet
      561 Heavy Use Area Protection   645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
      422 Hedgerow Planting   360 Waste Facility Closure
      315 Herbaceous Weed Control   632 Waste Separation Facility
      430 Irrigation Pipeline   313 Waste Storage Facility
      449 Irrigation Water Management   634 Waste Transfer
      527 Karst Sinkhole Treatment   629 Waste Treatment
      468 Lined Waterway or Outlet   359 Waste Treatment Lagoon
      516 Livestock Pipeline   642 Water Well
      484 Mulching   614 Watering Facility
      590 Nutrient Management   351 Well Decommissioning
      378 Pond   658 Wetland Creation
      521D Pond Sealing -  Clay Treatment   659 Wetland Enhancement
      521C Pond Sealing or Lining, Bentonite Sealan   657 Wetland Restoration
      521A Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membran   644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
      338 Prescribed Burning   380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
      528 Prescribed Grazing      

Statewide Initiatives

  • Aquaculture: Assistance in support of Aquaculture practices that are designed to minimize environmental waste and restore oyster habitat in association with bottom aquaculture production. Core Practice: • 400 Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofouling Control
    • Aquaculture Ranking Summary

      Available Practices in the Aquaculture Fund Pool
       
      Code Practice   Code Practice
      400 Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofouling   643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Species
  • Beginning Farmer: The primary focus of this funding pool is to assist beginning farmers and ranchers address resource concerns on their operations. Ten percent of all EQIP funds have been set aside to assist new farmers and/or historically underserved clients. Landowners certify they belong to one of these groups. Incentive payments up to 90% for installation of conservation practices are available for new and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. In addition, individuals may receive up to 30% in advance for purchasing materials or contracting.
  • Conservation Activity Plans: Financial assistance for the creation of Conservation Activity Plans or CAPs. CAPS are created by Technical Service Provders and identify resource concerns and address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land or forest land


 


 

 

 



 

  • Socially Disadvantaged Participants: The primary focus of this funding pool is to assist socially disadvantaged producers address resource concerns on their operations. Ten percent of all EQIP funds have been set aside to assist new farmers and/or historically underserved clients. Landowners certify they belong to one of these groups. Incentive payments up to 90% for installation of conservation practices are available for new and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. In addition, individuals may receive up to 30% in advance for purchasing materials or contracting.
  • Wildlife - Habitat Creation & Wildlife - Habitat Maintenance: The purpose of this fund pool is to assist participants in the development of wildlife habitat on private agricultural land or nonindustrial private forest land.
    • Wildlife Habitat Creation Ranking Summary
    • Wildlife Habitat Maintenance Ranking Summary

      Available Practices in the Wildlife Fund Pools
       
      Code Practice Name   Code Practice Name
      472 Access Control   643 Restoration and Management of Rare and D
      396 Aquatic Organism Passage   391 Riparian Forest Buffer
      314 Brush Management   390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover
      327 Conservation Cover   395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Managemen
      340 Cover Crop   580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection
      342 Critical Area Planting   587 Structure for Water Control
      356 Dike   649 Structures for Wildlife
      647 Early Successional Habitat Development/M   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      382 Fence   490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
      386 Field Border   645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
      394 Firebreak   658 Wetland Creation
      666 Forest Stand Improvement   659 Wetland Enhancement
      422 Hedgerow Planting   657 Wetland Restoration
      315 Herbaceous Weed Control   644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
      338 Prescribed Burning      

       

National Initiatives

  • Long Leaf Pine Initiative: Assistance to establish or re-establish Long Leaf Pine in its historical range.
    • Long Leaf Pine Ranking Summary

      Available Practices in the Long Leaf Pine Fund Pool
       
      Code Practice   Code Practice
      472 Access Control   315 Herbaceous Weed Control
      314 Brush Management   338 Prescribed Burning
      327 Conservation Cover   112 Prescribed Burning Plan - Written
      342 Critical Area Planting   643 Restoration and Management of Rare and D
      324 Deep Tillage   654 Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment
      647 Early Successional Habitat Development/M   381 Silvopasture Establishment
      382 Fence   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      394 Firebreak   490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
      106 Forest Management Plan - Written   645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
      666 Forest Stand Improvement   644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI): Through the National Water Quality Initiative in 2015, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with farmers and ranchers in 174 small watersheds throughout the Nation to improve water quality where this is a critical concern.

    The NWQI Screening Criteria Worksheet be completed for each eligible producer applying for EQIP National Water Quality Initiative assistance. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis; however, an application period has been established for purposes of evaluation, ranking, and funding decisions. The goal of this screening tool is to ensure that conservation technical assistance and EQIP program benefits are managed efficiently to address priority conservation needs related to this national initiative.
    • FY16 NWQI - Fifteen Mile Creek Ranking Tool Summary
    • FY16 NWQI - Smith Creek - Mountain Run  Ranking Tool
    • FY16 NWQI - SmithCreek - War Branch Ranking Tool

      Available Practices in the NWQI Fund Pools
       
      Code Practice Name   Code Practice Name
      472 Access Control   449 Irrigation Water Management
      366 Anaerobic Digester   590 Nutrient Management
      316 Animal Mortality Facility   528 Prescribed Grazing
      317 Composting Facility   329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
      327 Conservation Cover   345 Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till
      328 Conservation Crop Rotation   391 Riparian Forest Buffer
      332 Contour Buffer Strips   390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover
      330 Contour Farming   395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
      340 Cover Crop   580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection
      342 Critical Area Planting   575 Trails and Walkways
      554 Drainage Water Management   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      386 Field Border   360 Waste Facility Closure
      393 Filter Strip   313 Waste Storage Facility
      410 Grade Stabilization Structure   634 Waste Transfer
      412 Grassed Waterway   629 Waste Treatment
      561 Heavy Use Area Protection   359 Waste Treatment Lagoon
  • Organic Initiative: Provides financial assistance to help implement conservation practices for organic producers and those transitioning to organic to address natural resource concerns. It also helps growers meet requirements related to National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and certain program payment limitations.
    • Organic Ranking Summary
    • Transitioning to Organic Ranking Summary
    • Organic Initiative Self-Certification Worksheet

      Available Practices in the Organic Fund Pool
       
      472 Access Control   395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
      560 Access Road   580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection
      591 Amendments for Treatment of Ag Waste   612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
      366 Anaerobic Digestor   490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
      316 Animal Mortality Facility   645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
      314 Brush Management   658 Wetland Creation
      317 Composting Facility   659 Wetland Enhancement
      327 Conservation Cover   657 Wetland Restoration
      328 Conservation Crop Rotation   644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
      332 Contour Buffer Strips   380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
      330 Contour Farming   484 Mulching
      340 Cover Crop   590 Nutrient Management
      342 Critical Area Planting   378 Pond
      356 Dike   521D Pond Sealing -  Clay Treatment
      362 Diversion   521C Pond Sealing or Lining, Bentonite Sealan
      554 Drainage Water Management   521A Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membran
      647 Early Successional Habitat Development/M   533 Pumping Plant
      382 Fence   329 Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till
      386 Field Border   345 Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced 
      393 Filter Strip   558 Roof Runoff Structure
      394 Firebreak   350 Sediment Basin
      512 Forage and Biomass Planting   381 Silvopasture Establishment
      410 Grade Stabilization Structure   574 Spring Development
      412 Grassed Waterway   578 Stream Crossing
      561 Heavy Use Area Protection   585 Stripcropping
      422 Hedgerow Planting   587 Structure for Water Control
      315 Herbaceous Weed Control   649 Structures for Wildlife
      325 High Tunnel System   606 Subsurface Drain
      430 Irrigation Pipeline   575 Trails and Walkways
      441 Irrigation System, Microirrigation   620 Underground Outlet
      449 Irrigation Water Management   360 Waste Facility Closure
      527 Karst Sinkhole Treatment   632 Waste Separation Facility
      468 Lined Waterway or Outlet   313 Waste Storage Facility
      516 Livestock Pipeline   634 Waste Transfer
      338 Prescribed Burning   614 Watering Facility
      528 Prescribed Grazing   642 Water Well
      643 Restoration and Management of Rare and D   629 Waste Treatment
      391 Riparian Forest Buffer   359 Waste Treatment Lagoon
      390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover   351 Well Decommissioning
  • On-Farm Energy Initiative: Enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm via the an agricultural energy management plan (AgEMP).  An AgEMP is a detailed documentation and inventory of the energy consuming activities and components of the current agricultural operation. The plan will document a typical prior year of on-farm energy consumption, and the strategy by which the producer will explore and prioritize their on-farm energy conservation concerns, objectives, and opportunities.

 

 

 

 






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