West Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
2004 EQIP Signup and Application Information
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was
reauthorized in the
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) and is
administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). EQIP provides
a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes
agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals.
EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install
or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
A continuous signup is conducted at all UDSA Service Centers in West Virginia,
or may be done online. Ranking periods are established and all applications
received before the ranking period cutoff date are evaluated and ranked
according to local ranking criteria. The highest ranked applications are
selected for funding with the dollars available. Applications received after the
cutoff date are held for ranking in the next ranking period.
EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the
implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years.
These contracts provide incentive payments and cost-shares to implement
conservation practices. Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural
production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities
are carried out according to an environmental quality incentives program plan of
operations developed in conjunction with the producer that identifies the
appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the resource concerns.
The practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local
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