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
The primary focus of this funding pool is to assist beginning farmers address resource concerns on their operations.
Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)
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.
The primary focus of the wildlife fund pool is to restore, develop, or enhance wildlife habitat.
Funding pool for wildlife habitat improvement utilizing funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Targeted funding to improve or create forage for honey bees
Funding pool designated for livestock operations requesting assistance for animal waste storage or treatment.
The monarch habitat fund pool targets creating or enhancing habitat for the monarch butterfly.
National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
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 energy conservation practices and energy audits.
Funding pool for designated practices for certified organic producers
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.
Socially Disadvantaged Producer*
The primary focus of this funding pool is to assist socially disadvantaged producers address resource concerns on their operations.
Soil Erosion Control
Funding pool for designated practices to treat erosion created by a concentrated flow of runoff.
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.
Wayne & Genesee counties High Tunnel Initiative
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.
Western Lake Erie Basin
Funds are available to assist farmers in implementing new conservation practices that will help improve water quality by reducing the amount of nutrients moving from farm land to surface water.
Targeted financial assistance for farmers needing to implement one or two conservation practices to complete verification for the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.