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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program
 
(2014 Farm Bill RCPP-EQIP Projects use this link)
 
 
FISCAL YEAR 2019: EQIP BATCHING PERIOD 3
NRCS WILL SCREEN AND RANK ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS BY JUNE 14, 2019
  • All EQIP Funding Pools
FISCAL YEAR 2019: EQIP BATCHING PERIOD 4
NRCS WILL SCREEN AND RANK ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS BY JULY 19, 2019
  • Joint Chiefs’ Forestry Restoration Partnership for Central Sierra
  • Joint Chiefs' Forestry Restoration Partnership for Central Sierra Project #2
  • Joint Chiefs' Forestry Restoration Partnership for Yreka-Craggy
  • Joint Chiefs' Forestry Restoration Partnership for Trinity County Watersheds
  • Water Quality Initiative for Salt River
  • Water Quality Initiative for Calleguas Creek
  • Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative - Greater Sage Grouse

General EQIP Information

EQIP Financial Assistance

  • NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round, however, NRCS establishes cutoff dates to batch applications and make funding decisions.
  • For producers who submitted applications in the previous fiscal year, NRCS will send deferral letters in mid-October with directions to notify NRCS on whether to proceed with, modify, or cancel their application.
  • An EQIP application should be supported by a conservation plan, co-developed by the landowner and the NRCS conservationist, spelling out the actions that will be undertaken to improve the natural resource condition being addressed and the timeline for doing so.
  • The time needed to complete a conservation plan and process eligibility can vary, from a few weeks to more than a month.

Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Pools and Deadlines

  • NRCS will screen and rank eligible applications for funding consideration by the batching dates listed below.
  • Applications supported by a conservation plan, estimated total cost and ranking score can be considered for funding.

FY 2019 Funding Pools

Batching Schedule

Nov. 16, 2018

Dec. 7, 2018

June 14, 2019

July 19, 2019

National Air Quality Initiative

The National Air Quality Initiative funding pool is designed to help agricultural producers meet air quality compliance requirements and offer funding opportunities to support practices related to on-farm mobile engines that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and particulate matter (PM) emissions from agricultural sources helps achieve and maintain the health- and welfare-based National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in California.

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National On-Farm Energy Initiative

The purpose of the National On-Farm Energy Initiative funding pool is to specifically address energy conservation through development of an agricultural energy management plan (AgEMP) and practice implementation.

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National Water Quality Initiative

The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) was established as a joint initiative with the NRCS and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address agricultural sources of water pollution, including nutrients, sediment, pesticides, and pathogens related to agricultural production and in priority watersheds.

Two watersheds in California have been identified for NWQI funding, Salt River and Calleguas Creek.

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Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative

Catastrophic Fire Recovery funnding pool can provide immediate resource protection in areas burned by catastrophic fires on non-industrial private forestland (NIPF), grazing lands and croplands.

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Forest Tree Mortality Initiative

Forest Tree Mortality funding pool can provide immediate resource protection in drought-affected forestlands where elevated levels of forest insect tree mortality have occurred or where forest insects are an imminent threat to forestlands.

Prioritized treatment areas include non-industrial private forestlands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Madera, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare, or Tuolumne counties.

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Conservation Activity Plan Initiative

A Conservation Activity Plan or CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need.

With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.

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High Tunnel System Initiative

Through the High Tunnel System Initiative funiding pool NRCS can assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.

The initiative has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by extending the growing season, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.

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Joint Chiefs’ Forestry Restoration Partnership Initiative

The United States Forest Service (USFS) and the NRCS have entered into a multi-year partnership to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands.

  • Joint Chiefs’ for Central Sierra
  • Joint Chiefs' for Central Sierra Project #2
  • Joint Chiefs’ for Trinity County Watersheds
  • Joint Chiefs' for Yreka-Craggy
  • Joint Chiefs’ Forestry Partnership for the South Fork Trinity River and Upper Mad River (Batch 1 and 2 only)

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WaterSMART Initiative

Managing water resources in the American West can be challenging. Drought, aging infrastructure, and environmental requirements can strain existing resources. Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and NRCS target funding to high priority water delivery agencies and on-farm irrigation improvements to better manage limited water resources under varying conditions.

Through the WaterSMART Initiative funding pool NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance to eligible producers to install water use efficiency conservation practices on irrigated lands serviced by a water delivery agency where BOR WaterSMART funding was utilized to modernize existing infrastructure.

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Working Lands for Wildlife Landscape Initiative

The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Initiative is an effort between the NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that leverages capabilities and resources, targets assistance where it is most needed, cooperatively engages state and local partners, and works collaboratively with agricultural producers, forest land managers, and Tribes. NRCS and FWS have selected two at-risk species in California whose decline can be reversed given sufficient resources and landowner participation.

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(Sage Grouse Only)

Declining Species Wildlife Habitat Initiative

Declining Species Wildlife Habitat Initiative funding pool can provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural operators who want to create, improve or enhance fish or wildlife habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and non-industrial forestlands. This initiative can provide financial and technical assistance to producers to voluntarily meet agency requirements for implementation of approved conservation practices that provide significant resource benefit to create, improve or enhance fish or wildlife habitat for declining species.

 

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Wildlife-Friendly Livestock Pond Initiative

Wildlife-Friendly Livestock Initiative funding pool can target financial assistance funds for the implementation of conservation practices on eligible agricultural operations to support aquatic, riparian, and upland habitats for California Red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) and California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense).

 

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California Air Quality Initiative

The California Air Quality Initiative funding pools are designed to help agricultural producers meet air quality compliance requirements and offer funding opportunities to support practices that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and particulate matter (PM) emissions from agricultural sources helps achieve and maintain the health- and welfare-based National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in California.

 

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National Organic Initiative

Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, EQIP includes provisions to provide opportunities for organic producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production as well as requirements related to the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements.

  • Organic Transition
  • Certified Organic
 

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Historically Underserved Initiative

The farm bill continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of historically underserved farmers to provide for voluntary participation, offers incentives and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services.

  • Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmers/Ranchers
 

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Tribal Initiative

Tribes often have different conservation priorities than other producers and tribal culturally based priorities such as the management of traditional Native American food and fiber plants are not priorities for mainstream producers. There are 109 Federally Recognized American Indian Tribes in California; and, at least 69 Non-Federally Recognized Tribes in California petitioning for federal recognition (BIA).

  • Tribal Traditional Plant Restoration
  • Tribal Diversified Farms
  • Tribal Forestland
  • Tribal Rangeland
 

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Regional, Locally-led Initiatives

Locally-led conservation is based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to identify and resolve local natural resource problems. Through the locally-led process, Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) and the NRCS  work together to prioritize conservation needs at the local level. The word “local” can mean a county, a portion of a county, a watershed, a multicounty region, or whatever geographic area is best suited to address the resource conservation needs identified.

California’s regional, locally-led initiatives are multi-county ranking and funding pools based on similar geographic, landscape climate, operation-type and resource conservation needs.

 

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Contacts

RaeAnn Dubay, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: RaeAnn.Dubay@usda.gov

Erik Beardsley, Program Specialist
Phone: 530-792-5649
Email: Erik.Beardsley@usda.gov