High Tunnel System EQIP Fund Pool Grant

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Agricultural Crops

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

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

NOTE: NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round, however, NRCS establishes cutoff dates of May 8,2020 and June 26,2020 to batch applications and make funding decisions.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The conservation goals and funding priorities of the High Tunnel System ranking pool are to assist producers by extending the growing season, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport offsite.

About the High Tunnel System Fund Pool

Through the High Tunnel System Initiative NRCS can assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. The initiative has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by extending the growing season, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport. Interested owners and/or operators of land managed for agricultural production in California may be eligible for the Seasonal High Tunnel EQIP Initiative.

Land Uses for the EQIP Fund Pool

The description below is the general NRCS land use definition - applications should fit within, but do not need to exactly match, this description.

  • Crop: Land used primarily for the production and harvest of annual or perennial field, forage, food, fiber, horticultural, orchard, vineyard, or energy crops.

Resource Concerns

The goal of conservation planning is to help each client attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources, based on related human considerations (SWAPAE+H). Here is a list of priority resource concerns for the ranking pool.

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.