Applications will be screened to quickly identify applications that would receive a high-ranking score based on the criteria established for a given ranking pool. This allows NRCS to streamline the evaluation process and identify applications that will maximize conservation benefits more efficiently.
High priority applications will be ranked and considered first. As funding allows, lower priority applications will be ranked and considered.
The following items will be considered in determining application priority:
•Applicants who failed to properly operate and maintain conservation practices or activities still within their lifespan and installed with program financial assistance.
•Applicants with a contract violation for reasons within their control. NRCS may not screen a producer as lower priority for a contract violation if NRCS has not taken appropriate contract administrative action to enforce the contract.
•Applicants who have had a previous contract terminated for reasons within their control
Fiscal Year 2020 Ranking Pools and Initiatives
Michigan Funding Pools
The primary focus of this funding pool is to assist beginning farmers address resource concerns on their operations.
EQIP funding is available for the development of a Conservation Activity Plan. A CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land uses, such as grazing land, forestland, or can also address a specific resource need such as a plan for management of nutrients. Producers can apply for EQIP assistance to help implement an NRCS certified CAP developed by a Technical Service Provider.
The primary focus of the Cropland fund pools is to address soil erosion and water quality resource concerns on cropland. The funding pool is managed on an area-wide basis, so applicants within an Area are competing against one another.
The primary focus of the Forestland fund pools is to address soil erosion, water quality resource concerns on forestland. The funding pool is managed on an area-wide basis, so applicants within an Area are competing against one another.
NWQI helps producers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and pathogen contributions from agricultural land in designated watersheds. Eligible Michigan watersheds include the Hayworth Creek, South Fork of Hayworth Creek and Doty Brook watersheds in Clinton County and the Lake Creek Watershed in Ionia County.
Funding pool for designated practices for producers transitioning to organic production
The primary focus of the pastureland fund pools is to address resource concerns on grazing livestock lands. The funding pool is managed on an area-wide basis, so applicants within an Area are competing against one another.
NRCS administers conservation programs to American Indians and adheres to all Executive Orders concerning government-to-government relations fulfilling the agency’ trust responsibility to tribes and tribal individuals.
The purpose of the Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops is to assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. The practice has the potential to assist producers to address resource concerns by improving plant quality, soil health, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.
For more information contact the Ann Arbor NRCS field office (seving Wayne County) at (734) 761-6722 extension 3. Flint and Genesee County producers should contact the Flint NRCS field office for more information at (810) 230-8766 extension 3.