California Conservation Activity Plan EQIP Fund Pool 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.

California Conservation Activity Plan EQIP Fund Pool

The Food Security Act of 1985 as amended and subsequent congressional actions authorize NRCS to provide financial assistance through EQIP to support development of CAPs. For each of the offered CAPs, EQIP payments will only be made for development of plans prepared by certified technical service providers (TSP). 

For each of the offered CAPs, EQIP payments will only be made for development of plans prepared by certified technical service providers (TSP)

Applications for a CAP must address all the identified and applicable resource concerns and include all the eligible fields that:

  • The CAP is designed to address (i.e., all farmstead, crop or pasture operations). 
  • Are within the operating unit.
  • The producer has control.
  • Are included in the NRCS-Certified conservation plan.

What Is A Conservation Activity Plan?

A Conservation Activity Plan or CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients or to address an air quality concern. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.

Approved NRCS Conservation Activity Plans

Only approved NRCS conservation activity plans are eligible for financial assistance through this EQIP fund Pool. A Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) can be developed for agricultural operations to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need.

Eligible applicants may apply for the development of multiple CAPs; however, only one CAP contract may be developed on an eligible land unit (e.g., field) at the same time.

Conservation Activity Plan

  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan 
  • Nutrient Management Plan 
  • Forest Management Plan 
  • Feed Management Plan 
  • Grazing Management Plan 
  • Prescribed Burning Plan
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan 
  • Irrigation Water Management Plan 
  • Drainage Water Management Plan 
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plan 
  • Pollinator Habitat Plan 
  • IPM Herbicide Resistant Weed Conservation Plan

NOTE: December 11, 2018 deadline (Catastrophic Fire Recovery Fund Pool ONLY)

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.    

Ineligibility:

  • CAPs that do not cover the entire area described above will be determined ineligible, as they are not effective in assisting the producer to meet the purpose of the program.
  • Contracting of multiple CAP contracts on the same land unit is prohibited except for Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) and Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) CAPs, where multiple CAP plans may be approved and implemented on the same land unit. AgEMP will only be funded under the On-Farm Energy Initiative.