Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation
program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),
as re-authorized in the
2008 Farm Bill. The program supports production agriculture and
environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive
financial and technical help with structural and management conservation
practices on agricultural land.
NRCS administers EQIP based on locally identified natural resource needs
consistent with national EQIP priorities. Local Work Groups (LWG) convened by
the Conservation Districts provide advice to NRCS about local
priorities within their local area. With this advice, NRCS evaluates
applications for funding EQIP contracts consistent with these local, state and national
EQIP offers contracts with a maximum term of ten years.
These contracts provide financial assistance payments to implement selected
conservation practices. Eligible applicants who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest
production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities
are carried out according to a conservation plan developed in conjunction with
the participant that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices
to address the resource concerns. The practices are subject to NRCS technical
standards adapted for local conditions.
Sign-up for EQIP is open on a continuous basis, with periodic ranking and
finding of eligible applications on file.
Application ranking cut-off date for FY
2010 EQIP was August 14, 2009.
Additional ranking dates may be offered in FY2010.
Washington State's goals and objectives of the
Environmental Quality Incentive Program are to assist eligible applicants in
complying with Federal, State, local and tribal environmental regulations in an
environmentally safe and cost effective manner through a locally led process.
The Environmental Quality Incentive Program is administered
by NRCS in Washington through consultation with the
State Technical Committee and multi-county Local Work Groups (LWG). Through
the use of the State Technical Committee and Local Work Groups priority resource
concerns have been identified.
and ground water quality and quantity concerns associated with non-point source pollutants
Reduction in soil erosion and
Air quality concerns relating to PM <10 and odors
Protection of "at-risk-species" habitat
Range and forestland health
The application process is a continuous process.
Eligible applicants may apply for EQIP, utilizing NRCS-CPA-1200 application form
and appendix, at any USDA Service Center
by phone, email, fax, or letter.
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NRCS-CPA-1200 Application and Appendix (PDF; 42 KB)
OMB 0578-0013 expiration 5/31/2012
Annually, NRCS establishes a cutoff date for applications to be
evaluated and ranked for current year funding. The evaluation cutoff date
for Fiscal Year 2010 is August 14, 2009. Any applications received after
August 14, 2009 will be held for evaluation in a future ranking period.
The application ranking criteria for Washington State was developed in
consultation with the 10 Local Work Groups (LWG) and the Tribal Work Group (TWG), based on National, state and
local priorities and priority resource concerns. The same application ranking criteria is used to evaluate all Tribal applications
in the state. All other applications are ranked using the application ranking criteria for the LWG
covering that geographic area.
View NRCS Local Work Group,
Organic Initiative and Tribal
Application Ranking Criteria
Applicants selected for funding are not authorized to begin the installation of a conservation practice until they
have a NRCS-CPS-1202, Conservation Program Contract, signed by the NRCS Contracting Officer.
Each Local Work Group and Tribal Work Group developed a list of conservation practices in the
Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) that are needed to treat priority resource concerns identified by the LWG or TWG. These practices will
be eligible for EQIP financial assistance. These practices may be subject to payment hold-down.
View Local Work Group EQIP Eligible Practices
The EQIP payment schedule includes the conservation practices that are
available for financial assistance in Washington State. Payments will be made at
the established payment rate per unit for each component within the practice. A
contract may or may not include all components identified for a practice.
Payment rates for eligible applicants who qualify as a Beginning Farmer/Rancher
or Limited Resource Producer will be increased by 15%.
Some practices in the payment schedule may not be available in every LWG or Tribal application. Refer to
the specific LWG or Tribal eligible practices list for the practices selected for that location or purpose.
- This process will occur from August 2009 through March2010.
- Applicants selected for funding work with thier local NRCS office to develop
plan and EQIP contract.
- EQIP contracts will include all practices necessary to
address the resource concerns identified in the application ranking.
- Contracts are effective the date they are signed by the NRCS Contracting Officer and expire 1 year after the date of
the installation of the last scheduled practice.
Implementation occurs after the NRCS Designated
Conservationist signs the NRCS-CPA-1202. Participants have the option of
obtaining technical assistance from either NRCS or a certified
Technical Service Provider (TSP) to design,
install, inspect and certify conservation practices scheduled in their EQIP
The distribution of EQIP financial assistance funds in
Washington State will be accomplished by allocating funds to (10
Local Work Groups, 1 Tribal Work Group). The allocation to each Work
Group was determined by the conservation needs in each Local or Tribal Work
Group, national and state priorities and the time required to address the Local
Work Groups conservation needs as well as national and state priorities.
Additionally, the NRCS has allocated funds in FY2010 for the EQIP Organic
Initiative, the Wildfire Special Initiative and the CRP Special Initiative.
USDA to launch high tunnel pilot study to increase availability of locally grown
foods December 17,2009
Producers urged to carefully consider CRP break-out options Financial, technical
assistance available to protect land December 7, 2009
Deadline for 2010 conservation financial assistance looms NRCS sets Dec. 31 as
ranking cut-off date November 23, 2009
Se acerca la última fecha para recibir asistencia financiera NRCS fija 31 de
Diciembre como ultima fecha para recibir asistencia en el 2010 23 de
Noviembre del 2009
An EQIP Brochure for Washington's
Washington agricultural producers transitioning to organic production
or already certified as organic, may qualify for technical and financial
assistance through a new initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today.
More than $1 million in funding will be available to eligible producers
in Washington as part of the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives
View fact sheet (PDF;
nearest NRCS field office for more information
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
program guide. (CSP).
EQIP helps agricultural producers who face threats to soil, water, air,
and other related natural resources.
and protect your natural resources brochure
(PDF; 823 KB)
NRCS Field Office for assistance or;
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