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NRCS. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Our Mission Helping people help the land. Our Vision Productive Lands ----Healthy Environment. Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Financial Incentives for Nutrient and Pest Management. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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NRCS

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Our Mission

Helping people help the land.

Our Vision

Productive Lands ----Healthy Environment


Environmental quality incentives program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Financial Incentives for Nutrient and Pest Management

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

January 19, 2007


How EQIP Works at the Local Level

  • Locally Led Process

  • Based on Sound Conservation Planning

  • For Working Lands

    • Not Land Retirement

  • Financial Assistance

  • Agreements with Landusers


ANNUAL PROCESS – Are You Involved?

Public Participation and Conservation Needs

Assessment

Conservation District convenes and leads local working group with partners

Measure

Performance

Implement

Plan

Locally LedConservationModel

Identify and

Prioritize Needs

USDA

Programs

EQIP

Conservation Action Plan & Proposals

Goal Setting

Identify programs

and funding

We are here


Locally led natural resource problems or concerns
Locally LedNatural Resource Problems or Concerns

These Will Vary By County

  • Soil tilth

  • Invasive plants

  • Water quality

  • Water quantity

  • Poor grazing

  • Animal health

  • Habitat

  • Air quality

  • Agriculture Chemicals

  • Nutrients

  • Soil compaction

  • Irrigation water management

  • Landuse conversion


Conservation planning solves resource concerns
Conservation PlanningSolves Resource Concerns

Water development

Overgrazing

Crossfencing

Prescribed grazing

Brush managementmechanicalchemicalbiological

Redcedar Invasion


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Conservation PlanningSolves Resource Concerns

Gradestabilization structure(GSS)

Soil erosionsheet and rillgullyephemeral

Cropland and Grasslands

Diversions

SedimentBasin


Financial assistance
Financial Assistance

Through written agreements (contracts) with landusers - NRCS provides a share of the cost the landuser incurs in installing the conservation practices and systems that solve a specified natural resource problem.


Good planning merges with financial assistance in an eqip contract

ProgramContract

YadaYadaYada

Good Planning Merges with Financial Assistance in an EQIP Contract

Conservation Plan

Participant

NRCS

Design and layout practicesPayment of cost-share to participantTechnical assistance

Install practicesPayment of costsMaintain practices


Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Summary

  • Uses locally led process

  • Provides financial assistance for structural, vegetative, and management practices

  • Requires an EQIP plan of operations

  • Cost sharing may pay up to 75% of the costs of structural practices

  • Incentive Payments Are a Flat Rate per Acre


Incentive payments explained
Incentive Payments Explained

  • Management Practices

  • Not currently or previously being used by that person

  • Not a subsidy

  • Reduces Financial Risk of Adopting New Management or Technology

  • Viable Practice Without The Payment

  • High Potential of Being Continued After Payment Ends


Available Incentive Payments

Nutrient and Pest Management

  • Nutrient Management

    • Calibration Strips

    • Chemigation

    • Precision Sensor

    • Split Application of Nitrogen

  • Pest Management

    • Through Crop Systems


Nutrient management calibration strips
Nutrient Management Calibration Strips

DEFINITION

  • This is an incentive payment for the application of nutrients in a manner that minimizes the risk of leaving the field. It includes the use of nitrogen rich or ramped calibration strips in crop fields to determine split application rates for nitrogen. It includes the use of precision tools (i.e. GreenSeeker) to determine nitrogen needs as well as application tools to establish nitrogen rich strips or ramped calibration strips.

  • Must Meet Nutrient Management Standard


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Nutrient Management Calibration Strips

  • RATE

    • $5.00/acre

  • DOLLAR CAP

    • $3,200.00/year

  • ACRE CAP

    • 640

  • TIME LIMIT

    • Up to 3 Years


Nutrient management chemigation
Nutrient Management Chemigation

DEFINITION

  • This is an incentive payment to use improved technology for nutrient management applications to crops and grasses. Allowable when nutrients are applied through irrigation systems using chemigation valves and components. Applications must be according to the Nutrient Management standard (590) and not exceed recommended crop and grass yield requirements and not cause surface or ground water quality problems.

  • Must Meet Nutrient Management Standard


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Nutrient Management Chemigation

  • RATE

    • $8.00/acre

  • DOLLAR CAP

    • $5,120.00/year

  • ACRE CAP

    • 640

  • TIME LIMIT

    • Up to 3 Years


Nutrient management precision sensor
Nutrient Management Precision Sensor

DEFINITION

  • This is an incentive payment to use advanced technology for nutrient management applications to crops and grasses. Includes the costs of application of nutrients (labor and equipment) using precision sensor technology (i.e. GreenSeeker) to deliver prescribed fertilizer through spray systems at variable rates across a crop or grass field, resulting in more efficient use of fertilizers according to the actual plant needs which are variable across the field.

  • Must Meet Nutrient Management Standard


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Nutrient Management Precision Sensor

  • RATE

    • $12.00/acre

  • DOLLAR CAP

    • $7,680.00/year

  • ACRE CAP

    • 640

  • TIME LIMIT

    • Up to 3 Years


Nutrient management split application of nitrogen
Nutrient Management Split Application of Nitrogen

DEFINITION

  • This is an incentive payment related to the methods used for nitrogen applications on the field. Application of fertilizer will be done as split applications during the growing season. No more than 75% of annual needs are applied at one time. Records will be maintained which document application rates, times, amounts, soil test results, etc.

  • Must Meet Nutrient Management Standard


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Nutrient Management Split Application of Nitrogen

  • RATE

    • $1.00/acre

  • DOLLAR CAP

    • $640.00/year

  • ACRE CAP

    • 640

  • TIME LIMIT

    • Up to 3 Years


Pest management through crop systems
Pest Management Through Crop Systems

DEFINITION

  • This is an incentive payment to use crop systems that aid in the control or suppression of pests and reduce the overall use of pesticides in the field. It covers the extra costs necessary for the purchase of the crop seed technology (GMOs) and/or labor expenses associated with pest control (Organic Farming). It also includes costs for using RTK level GPS auto steer on equipment and/or auto boom control to reduce spray overlap.

  • Must Meet Pest Management Standard


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Pest Management Through Crop Systems

  • RATE

    • $10.00/acre

  • DOLLAR CAP

    • $6,400.00/year

  • ACRE CAP

    • 640

  • TIME LIMIT

    • Up to 3 Years


Examples of other incentive payments that are available
Examples of Other Incentive Payments That Are Available

  • No-Till

    • $15.00/acre with $19,200 Cap

  • Conservation Crop Rotation

    • $20.00/acre with $12,800 Cap

  • Conversion of Class IV or Worse Cropland to Grass

    • $10.00/acre with $6,400 Cap

  • Patch Burn Grazing

    • $5.00/acre with $6,400 Cap



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