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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

General EQIP Information

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 EQIP Financial Assistance

Despite the uncertainties with the new Farm Bill, NRCS continues to accept applications for several conservation initiatives for an early signup and obligation period.

  • For those who have not yet applied, NRCS recommends you submit an application within the next few weeks to ensure funding consideration this quarter.
  • For producers who’ve already submitted applications, NRCS will be sending deferral letters in mid-October with directions to notify NRCS on whether to proceed with, modify, or cancel their application.
  • Any application for a fund pool not listed under the FY 2019 Sign-up 1 (below) will be processed for funding consideration after February 1, 2019

NRCS will screen and rank eligible applications, supported by a conservation plan, for early funding by November 16, 2018.

To be ready for EQIP funding consideration, interested applicants will need to:

  1. Develop a conservation plan
  2. Submit an application
  3. Meet program eligibility requirements
  4. Approve their ‘EQIP schedule of operations'

An EQIP application must 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 (FY) 2019 Sign-up 1

Air Quality Fund Pools

The national air quality initiative is designed to provide financial assistance to producers address air quality compliance requirements in non-attainment areas of California. Please visit the National Air Quality webpage for more information.

Catastrophic Fire Recovery Fund Pool

The purpose of the Catastrophic Fire Recovery EQIP Fund Pool is to provide immediate resource protection in areas burned by catastrophic fires in the past eighteen months. Priority resource concerns for the Catastrophic Fire Recovery EQIP Fund Pool include immediate soil erosion protection, minimize noxious and invasive plant proliferation, protect water quality, and restore livestock infrastructure necessary for grazing management on forestland and rangeland. Please visit the Catastrophic Fire Recovery webpage for more information.

Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Fund Pool

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. Please visit the CAP webpage for more information.

Forest Tree Mortality Fund Pool

The purpose of the Forest Tree Mortality EQIP Fund Pool is to provide immediate resource protection in drought-affected conifer forestlands where elevated levels of forest insect tree mortality has occurred or where forest insects are an imminent threat to forestlands. Please visit the Forest Tree Mortality webpage for more information.

On-Farm Energy Fund Pool

A national on-farm initiative specifically designed to provide financial assistance to address energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of an agricultural energy management plan (AgEMP). Please visit the On-Farm Energy Initiative webpage for more information.

High Tunnel System Fund Pool

The seasonal high tunnel initiative 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. Please visit the High Tunnel Initiative webpage for more information.

Two Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership Fund Pools

The Two Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership is a partnership between the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the NRCS to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. By leveraging technical and financial resources and coordinating activities on adjacent public and private lands, conservation work by NRCS and USFS will be more efficient and effective in these watersheds. Please visit the Two Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership webpage for more information.

National Water Quality Initiative Fund Pools

The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) was established as a joint initiative with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in FY 2012 to address agricultural sources of water pollution, including nutrients, sediment, pesticides, and pathogens related to agricultural production, in priority watersheds. In California two priority watersheds were identified for financial assistance opportunities. Please visit one the National Water Quality Initiative webpage for more information.

WaterSMART Fund Pool

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. Please visit one the WaterSMART webpage for more information.

Working Lands for Wildlife Fund Pools

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) is a partnership 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have selected at-risk species whose decline can be reversed given sufficient resources and landowner participation.

Contacts

Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: Alan.Forkey@ca.usda.gov

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