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EQIP 2015

Virginia 2015 EQIP Documents & Procedures
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Farm Bill Evaluation Periods for Fiscal Year 2015

Applications for financial assistance are accepted year-round. NRCS has established four ranking periods for FY2014:

Ranking Period 1: Applications received by close of business on November 21, 2014
Ranking Period 2: All Applications received by close of business on December 19, 2014
Ranking Period 3: All Applications received by close of business on January 16, 2015
Ranking Period 4: All Applications received by close of business on February 20, 2015
Ranking Period 5: All Applications received by close of business on March 20, 2015

When applying for EQIP or WHIP, 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 for FY15 (Practice availability varies by the resource concerns listed below. Consult your NRCS Conservation Planner to learn more).

Access Control, Access Road, Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), Amend. for Treat. of Ag. Waste, Anaerobic Digester, Animal Mortality Facility, Aquatic Organism Passage, Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofouling Control, Brush Management, Building Envelope Improvement, Composting Facility, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan, Conservation Cover, Conservation Crop Rotation, Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition, Contour Buffer Strips, Contour Farming, Cover Crop, Critical Area Planting, Deep Tillage, Dike, Diversion, Drainage Water Management, Drainage Water Management Plan, Early Successional Habitat Development and Management, Farmstead Energy Improvement, Feed Management Plan, Fence, Field Border, Filter Strip, Firebreak, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Plan, Forage and Biomass Planting, Forest Management Plan, Forest Stand Improvement, Grade Stabilization Structure, Grassed Waterway, Grazing Management Plan, Heavy Use Area Protection, Hedgerow Planting, Herbaceous Weed Control, Integrated Pest Management Plan, Irrigation Pipeline, Irrigation System, Microirrigation, Irrigation Water Management, Irrigation Water Management Plan, Karst Sinkhole Treatment, Lighting System Improvement, Lined Waterway or Outlet, Livestock Pipeline, Mulching, Nutrient Management, Nutrient Management Plan, Pollinator Habitat Plan, Pond, Pond Sealing or Lining, Bentonite Sealant, Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment, Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membrane, Prescribed Burning, Prescribed Burning Plan, Prescribed Grazing, Pumping Plant, Residue and Tillage Management - No-Till, Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till, Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitats, Riparian Forest Buffer, Riparian Herbaceous Cover, Road / Trail / Landing Closure and Treatment, Roof Runoff Structure, Roofs and Covers, Seasonal High Tunnel for Crops, Sediment Basin, Silvopasture, Spring Development, Stream Crossing, Stream Habitat Improvement, Streambank and Shoreline Protection, Stripcropping, Structure for Water Control, Subsurface Drain, Trails and Walkways, Tree/Shrub Establishment, Tree/Shrub Site Preparation, Underground Outlet, Waste Facility Closure, Waste Separation Facility, Waste Storage Facility, Waste Transfer, Waste Treatment, Waste Treatment Lagoon, Water Well, Water Well Decommissioning, Watering Facility, Wetland Creation, Wetland Enhancement, Wetland Restoration, Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

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. All Resource Concerns below use the FY15 EQIP Payment Schedule.

Virginia's Resource Concerns for FY15

(This page is under construction.  Check back often for updates).
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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.
  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • Forestry - Assistance to establish or re-establish forest trees and with stabilization of logging roads, skid trails and landings on privately owned noncommercial forest land.
  • Forestry - Long Leaf & Short Leaf Pine - Assistance to establish or re-establish native pines throughout Virginia  on privately owned noncommercial forest land.
  • Forestry Long Leaf Pine Initiative: Assistance to establish or re-establish Long Leaf Pine in its historical range.
  • Irrigation Water Management - Assistance to improve irrigation water management on land the has been irrigated two of the last five years.
  • Seasonal High Tunnel: Assistance to construct a seasonal high tunnel (a polyethylene-covered structure at least six feet high) which modifies the climate to create more favorable growing conditions for vegetable and other specialty crops grown in the natural soil beneath it.
  • 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.
  • Specialty Crop - Assistance to specialty crop (as defined by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service) improve soil quality and protect water quality with an emphasis on crop rotations, high residue crop production and erosion control practices.
  • 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.

National Initiatives

  • Working Lands for Wildlife/Golden Winged Warbler: to assist private land owners create and maintain the habitat necessary to sustain breeding populations within and adjacent to their current range. It focuses on the creation, management and maintenance of early successional habitat in close association with forested landscapes. Conservation efforts in support of the golden-winged warbler benefit many other species that depend on similar habitat.
  • 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.
  • On-Farm Energy Initiative: Enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm through two types of Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) for headquarters and/or for landscape, also known as an on-farm energy audit (headquarters and/or landscape); and by providing financial and technical assistance to help the producer implement various conservation practices recommended in these on-farm energy audits.

 

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Ron Wood at (804) 287-1660.

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