Beginning Farmer/Rancher Fund Pools' Grant

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 19, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2019, Jun 22, 2019

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. The purpose of EQIP is to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Beginning Farmer/Rancher Fund Pools

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of historically underserved farmers and ranchers to provide for voluntary participation, offers incentives and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. 

A Beginning Farmer or Rancher means an individual or entity who: 

  • Has not operated a farm or ranch, or who has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years - this requirement applies to all members of an entity; and, 
  • Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm or ranch.  
    • In the case of a contract with an individual, individually or with the immediate family, material and substantial participation requires that the individual provide substantial day-to-day labor and management of the farm or ranch, consistent with the practices in the county or State where the farm is located. 
    • In the case of a contract with an entity, all members must materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm or ranch. Material and substantial participation requires that each of the members provide some amount of the management, or labor and management necessary for day-to-day activities, such that if each of the members did not provide these inputs, operation of the farm or ranch would be seriously impaired.

See the funder's website for complete details & documents for each Pool.

AFO Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher AFO EQIP Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in minimizing impacts to water quality, improved irrigation efficiency and promoting energy conservation on dairies and other animal feeding operations.

Cropland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher Cropland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Forestland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher Forestland EQIP Fund ool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in promoting healthy and productive forest lands, reducing soil erosion, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, minimizing the impacts to water quality and reducing wildfire risks.

Pastureland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher Pastureland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Rangeland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher Rangeland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Water Conservation Fund Pool

The purpose of the Beginning Farmer/Rancher Water Conservation Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

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

Eligibility:

  • Interested owners and/or operators of land managed for agricultural production in California that met the criteria of a beginning farmer or rancher may be eligible for Beginning Farmer/Rancher Fund Pools.
  • 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.