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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

General EQIP Information

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 EQIP Financial Assistance

NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round, but establishes cutoff dates make funding selections for eligible, screened, and ranked applications. 

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, and (4) Approve their ‘EQIP schedule of operations’.
  • ‚ÄčThe time needed to complete a conservation plan and process eligibility can vary, from a few weeks to more than a month, depending on the complexity of the farming operation.

The cutoff dates to consider eligible, screened and ranked applications for funding are:

  • December 11, 2018 (Catastrophic Fire Recovery Fund Pool ONLY)
  • January 19, 2018
  • April 6, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • July 27, 2018 (NWQI, WLFW, Declining Species and WaterSMART Fund Pools ONLY)

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 EQIP Fund Pools

Air Quality Fund Pools

National and state initiatives designed to provide financial assistance to producers address air quality compliance requirements in non-attainment areas of California. Please visit one of the website links below 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.

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Fund Pools

California’s fish and wildlife fund pools are designed to provide financial assistance to agricultural operators who want to create, improve or enhance fish or wildlife habitat on farms and ranches. Please visit one of the following links for more information about California fish and wildlife habitat fund pools.

Historically Underserved Fund Pools

In California these fund pools are targeted to applicant’s that meet the criteria of beginning farmer/rancher or socially disadvantaged farmer/rancher and self-certify their status when submitting an EQIP application on Form NRCS-CPA-1200, “Conservation Program Application.” Please visit one of the following links 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.

Organic Fund Pools

The national organic initiative is designed to provide financial assistance opportunities for organic, transition to organic and organic-exempt producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production as well as requirements related to the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements.

Regional Fund Pools

California’s regional fund pools are multi-county ranking and funding pools based on similar geographic, landscape climate, operation-type and resource conservation needs.  Please visit the six regional fund pool types for more information.

Seasonal High Tunnel 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.

Tribal Fund Pools

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. Please visit the Tribal Initiative webpage for more information about financial assistance opportunities. Please visit the Tribal 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.  In California two fund pools can provide financial assistance opportunities to agricultural operations for Sage Grouse and for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Please visit one of the following links for more information.

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