2011 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
2011 EQIP was August 13, 2010.
Additional ranking dates may be offered in FY2011.
2011 EQIP Programs available for Washington producers
| General EQIP
||Owners of land in agricultural or forest production or
persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest
production on eligible land and that have a natural resource
concern on the land may participate in EQIP.
and protect your natural resources brochure
(PDF; 823 KB)
|National EQIP Initiatives and Statue
Supported Programs in Washington
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
|Through AWEP, NRCS provides support for projects that
conserve and improve water quality, use irrigation water
efficiently, mitigate the effects of drought and climate change
and take other actions that benefit water resources. NRCS enters
into partnership agreements with federally recognized Indian
Tribes, state and local units of government, agricultural and
forestland associations, and nongovernmental organizations to
help landowners plan and implement conservation practices in
designated project areas.
Conservation Activity Plans
|All Conservation Activity Plans are developed by a certified
Technical Service Provider (TSP) to help agricultural
producers and forest owners address specific natural resource
concerns on their land. EQIP payments are made directly to
program participants for development of a CAP by a certified
Technical Service Provider.
Become a TSP
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative
|Through CCPI, NRCS and partners assist producers in
implementing conservation practices on agricultural and
nonindustrial private forest lands. NRCS leverages financial and
technical assistance with partners' resources to install soil
erosion practices, manage grazing lands, improve forestlands,
establish cover crops, reduce on-farm energy usage and other
conservation measures. CCPI is open to federally recognized
Tribes, state and local units of government, producer
associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher
education and nongovernmental organizations that work with
producers. CCPI can be submitted through the EQIP, CSP or WHIP
National Program Information
Conservation Innovation Grants
|Washington is participating in the 2011 Conservation
Innovation Grants (CIG) State Component. CIG is a voluntary
program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of
innovative conservation approaches and technologies while
leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and
protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under
CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to
award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or
non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.
||Offered by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) for the third year, the EQIP Organic Initiative is a
special pool of money offered in all 50 states for farmers who
are organic, transitioning to organic, or organic exempt with
unique practices and payments determined by each individual
state. A new organic provision targets organic producers and
producers transitioning to organic production. Producers are
required to develop and carry out an Organic System Plan (OSP)
or carry out practices consistent with an OSP.
EQIP Organic Initiative
Organic Ag Web Resources
|WA CRP Special Initiative
||Washington NRCS developed this EQIP funding opportunity to
assist landowners who have expiring CRP and are interested in
converting those lands to grazing use. Using EQIP financial
assistance landowners can implement the necessary conservation
practices to allow for properly managed livestock grazing,
including fence, water developments and Prescribed Grazing
WA Sage-Grouse Initiative
||NRCS developed the Sage-grouse Initiative to help private
landowners voluntarily conserve sage-grouse populations and
habitat on their working lands. In Washington, NRCS identified
potential threats to sage-grouse and their habitat and
determined specific conservation practices to reduce those
threats. Technical and financial assistance through EQIP and
WHIP is available for implementing the specific practices.
Sage-grouse Initiative Fact Sheet
|WA Wildfire Special Initiative
||Washington NRCS developed this EQIP funding opportunity to
assist landowners who have grazing lands impacted by wildfire.
EQIP financial assistance is available for landowners who will
exclude livestock from those burned areas for up to two years.
This period of non-use will allow native vegetation to
reestablish on the affected areas. EQIP funds could be used to
purchase alternative feed sources.
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.
Surface and ground water quality and quantity concerns associated with
non-point source pollutants
Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation
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.
The following documents require
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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 2011 is August 13, 2010. Any applications received after
August 13, 2010 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 2010 through March 2011.
- 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 Contracting Officer 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.
The NRCS has allocated funds in FY2011 for the EQIP Organic
Initiative, Wildfire Special Initiative, CRP Special Initiative, Sage Grouse
Initiative, Conservation Activity Plans and WA Conservation Innovation Grants
Application cut-off date for
many conservation, easement programs set for March 4 January 18, 2011
Program provides incentives to
save energy, money on the farm for dairy farmers in Thurston, Yakima counties
eligible to receive funding Nov. 2, 2010
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.
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;
Area Program Liaison
(509) 754-3023 ext. 1123
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