offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants to install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
The bill sets aside 5% of EQIP
spending for beginning farmers and ranchers and 5% for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, providing up to 90% of the costs of implementing an EQIP
plan for these farmers.
In partnership with Environmental Defense and with help from NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) took an in-depth look at EQIP
For example, the Senate bill would create a stand-alone program for Chesapeake Bay restoration within EQIP
, while the House bill has several Chesapeake Bay provisions scattered throughout the title.
expanding existing cost-sharing and technical assistance programs, such as EQIP
, CSP, and AMA, and other financial programs under current farm legislation;
We accept applications for EQIP
on a continuous basis to help eligible producers improve natural resources on private working lands in Tennessee, said Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist Kevin Brown.
Reserves that equal five% of EQIP
funds and five% of CSP available acres are targeted for beginning farmers or ranchers, with another five% of funds or acres reserved for socially disadvantaged farmers.
One means to accomplish this is to factor floodplain explicitly into the costing of rural agricultural land for programs such as CRP, EQIP
, FLEP, WHIP, and WRP.
3 billion annually, with 60% of program money to go to livestock producers and 40% to crop producers; and redefines the purpose of EQIP
to promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals;
This project proposes to increase the number of new EQIP
applications for historically underserved producers in each of the four service area regions, increase awareness of new technology applicable to the operation, work one-on-one with producers to create farm management plans, increase the long-term profitability for participants through farm/ranch improvements, and increase collective knowledge of sustainable agriculture throughout the service area by conducting quarterly workshops and training seminars in each region.
The CSP and EQIP
will be assessed in how they can act as drivers to market-based conservation delivery as water quality trading efforts.
The 2002 farm bill further required that at least 50 percent of EQIP
funds be used for animal agriculture.