Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) EQIP Fund Pools' Grants

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Jun 22, 2018

Later deadlines: Jan 19, 2019, Apr 6, 2019

Applicant type: Working Professional For-Profit Business Nonprofit Indigenous Group College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Butte County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Butte County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County Expand all

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Overview:

Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) EQIP Fund Pools

The purpose of the AFO EQIP Fund Pools is to provide financial and technical assistance for conservation practices that address storing, treating and handling of animal waste or by-products on animal feeding operations to conserve or protect resources from degradation, or improve soil, water, air, or related natural resources in the most cost-effective manner. 

Coastal AFO EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Trinity

The purpose of the Coastal Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) EQIP Fund Pool is to minimize impacts to water quality, improve irrigation efficiency and promote energy conservation on dairies and other animal feeding operations.

Sacramento Valley AFO EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba

The purpose of the Sacramento Valley Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) EQIP Fund Pool is to minimize impacts to water quality, improve irrigation efficiency and promote energy conservation on dairies and other animal feeding operations.

San Joaquin Valley AFO EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare

The purpose of the San Joaquin Valley Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) EQIP Fund Pool is to minimize impacts to water quality, improve irrigation efficiency and promote energy conservation on dairies, confined animal operations and associated cropland and/or pastureland. Conservation treatments associated with dairies and confined animal operations include manure-handling systems, groundwater and surface water protection and whole-farm nutrient management.

Southern California AFO EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Alpine, Imperial, Inyo, eastern Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura

The purpose of the Southern California Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) EQIP Fund Pool is to minimize impacts on soil, water and air and to promote energy conservation on farms with confined animals. Typical AFO’s would include feedlots, dairies and small ranches with livestock confined more than 45 days per year. Conservation treatments associated with animal feeding operations include manure-handling systems, groundwater protection barriers and whole-farm nutrient management. 

Upper San Joaquin Valley AFO EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • San Joaquin, Solano and Stanislaus 

The objective of the Upper San Joaquin Valley Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) EQIP Fund Pool is to minimize impacts to water quality, improve irrigation efficiency and promote energy conservation on dairies and confined animal operations. Conservation treatments associated with dairies and confined animal operations include manure-handling systems, ground and surface water protection measures and wholefarm nutrient management.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to participate in EQIP, an applicant must meet all of the following producer eligibility criteria:
    • Be an agricultural producer.
    • Have control of the land for the term of the contract period.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions.
    • Be in compliance with adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements.
    • Be within payment limitation requirements.
    • Be within annual payment limitation requirements, if applicable.
    • Have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers.
    • See full details and definitions for Producer Eligibility here
  • To be eligible for EQIP, the land must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Be agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, Tribal land, or other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced.
    • Be privately owned land, eligible public land, or Tribal land.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Planned practices address an identified natural resource concern.
    • Have irrigated 2 out of the last 5 years to install an irrigation-related practice.
    • See full details and definitions for Land Eligibility here.