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 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.