MO Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Missouri


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Nov 17, 2018

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Missouri

Location of residency: Missouri

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Overview:

EQIP

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers, Military Veteran Farmers

The 2014 Farm Bill continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers and Veteran Farmers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. Enhancements include increased payment rates and advance payments of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.

Missouri is committed to reaching out to Historically Underserved individuals and groups. Historically Underserved participants may also receive higher payment rates in addition to being considered in high priority funding pools.

National and State Priorities

The following national priorities, consistent with statutory resources concerns that include soil, water, wildlife, air quality, and related natural resource concerns, may be used in EQIP implementation:
  • Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with total maximum daily loads (TMDL) where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and the reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations,
  • Conservation of ground and surface water resources,
  • Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards,
  • Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land,
  • Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation including development and improvement of wildlife habitat,
  • Energy conservation to help save fuel, improve efficiency of water use, maintain production, and protect soil and water resources by more efficiently using fertilizers and pesticides and
  • Biological carbon storage and sequestration.
In addition, Missouri has identified the following priorities:
  • Increase water quality through reducing sediment and nutrients entering Missouri waters through landscape best management practices and improved animal feeding operations,
  • Improve health and productivity of Missouri soils,
  • Promote sustainable and healthy grazing management on Missouri farms and ranches,
  • Add habitat and diversity for Missouri’s diverse population of wildlife, and
  • Provide management improvements and activities on Missouri’s privately-held forestlands.

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

Eligibility:

  • Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.
  • Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
  • Applicants must:   
    • Control or own eligible land, 
    • Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions,
    • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements, and
    • Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations.
  • Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.