The EQIP subcommittee recommended the change to help improve contracting efficiencies and encourage expanded conservation adoption on individual farms. “We were especially interested in expanding the use of cover crops—a key soil health and water quality conservation practice,” said Sarah Carlson, with Practical Farmers of Iowa.
The change does not impact payment rates, but increases the total payment amount allowed per practice, said Simon. “The removal of the cap will translate into more acres of these practices in Iowa,” he said.
While the EQIP dollar cap is removed for these five practices, the overall financial cap allowed over the life of the Farm Bill remains. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, EQIP financial assistance is capped at $450,000 per individual. EQIP applications are accepted on a continual basis. Visit your local NRCS field office to learn more.
The State Technical Committee provides advice to Iowa NRCS on a wide variety of policy issues. While the committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, NRCS strongly considers the group’s recommendations. Individuals and groups may ask to join the committee through a written request to the State Conservationist explaining their interest, credentials, and why they would be a relevant member of the committee. For more information about the Iowa State Technical Committee, including a member list, roles and responsibilities, meeting minutes and schedule go to: www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov.
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