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EQIP Application Deadline November 21

17:34PM Nov 05, 2014

EQIP-Water-Trough( University of Florida Extension )

The National Farm Bill provides conservation funding for America’s farms and ranches through USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  One of the most popular program is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management practices to conserve natural resources on agricultural land.  The EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.

The deadline to apply for EQIP funding in 2015 is Friday, November 21, 2014.  NRCS establishes a cutoff date annually for applications to be evaluated and ranked for the current year funding. All applications received after the cutoff date will be held for evaluation for funding the following fiscal year. EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.

What conservation can you use the EQIP cost-share dollars for?  The following practices are examples of the many conservation practices approved for EQIP cost-share funding through the Farm Bill:

  • Agri-chemical Handling Facility
  • Waste Storage Facility
  • Brush Management
  • Herbaceous Weed Control
  • Animal Mortality Facility
  • Composting Facility
  • Conservation Cover Crops
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (sod-based rotation)
  • Contour Buffer Strips
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Residue & Tillage Management, Mulch-till
  • Grassed waterways
  • Irrigation and Micro-irrigation System
  • Pond Sealing
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Stream Crossings
  • Structure for Water Control
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Watering Facility
  • Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Forest Stand Improvement

Contact the local NRCS Field Office that serves your home county, for more information on the EQIP Program, for an application for cost-share funds for the 2015 fiscal year.  You might also want to visit the Florida EQIP website for specific information about the program.

Source: University of Florida Extension