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EQIP Application Time Line

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced Nov. 15 as the deadline to submit applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP. These applications will be for the 2014 Program Year. After Nov. 15, NRCS field staff will assist applicants in developing a plan, designing the needed conservation practices, and ranking the application for its environmental benefits. Funding of accepted contracts is expected to be in late March 2014. While the March date seems a long ways away, in reality the time goes quickly and there are many things to accomplish. Once an application is accepted and a contract is funded, the participant must begin construction within 12 months of the obligation date.

Practice installation is scheduled over a period of several months to a few years, depending on cropping rotation and the participant’s goals. For example, a water quality application to reduce soil erosion by installing a gradient terrace system on land planted to wheat in the fall of 2013. After the wheat is harvested in June 2014, a contractor would build the waterway and a cover crop planted. In the fall of 2014, grass would be planted into the cover crop. If the field is again planted to wheat, the earliest terraces could be installed would be July 2015.

It is very important that all persons who will be signing the EQIP contract have their USDA program eligibility and adjusted gross income information up to date with the Farm Service Agency. Once you submit an application for EQIP, you should contact FSA and make an appointment to update your 2014 eligibility records. All members of an entity must have updated eligibility and AGI. Signature authority for entities should also be reviewed. Please provide a copy of the trust, articles of incorporation, etc., which shows who has signature authority for the entity when you submit your EQIP application. If you have an FSA Power-of-Attorney that does not list NRCS programs, you will need to complete a new form. All payments under the EQIP program are paid via direct deposit. Many financial institutions have changed ownership and routing numbers change. You should submit a new direct deposit form to make sure your information is current.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through multi-year contracts up to ten years in length. The contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land.

Ford County land owners have installed various practices using EQIP assistance. Many terraces and waterways have been installed to reduce soil erosion from water. Pipelines have been installed in cropland to convert flood irrigated land to a more efficient pivot system. Livestock waste systems have been developed to reduce adverse impacts of confined feeding operations. Fencing and watering systems have been developed to improve range land resources. Windbreak renovation projects are increasing in popularity as land owners seek to repair damaged and older windbreaks that are no longer functioning.

For more information about NRCS and its programs, stop by your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center or go to www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov.

Date: 11/4/2013



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