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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Beginning Farmer

Grants to New Jersey New Farmers to
Implement Resource Conservation Strategies

Agency Type:

Federal

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - New Jersey

Deadline Date:

08/30/19

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey individuals and entities who are new to the farming industry to address resource issues and implement conservation strategies. Funding is intended to give new farmers financial assistance in purchasing services and materials.

These traditionally underserved groups are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their program contract.

NRCS will help eligible producers develop a conservation plan, which will become the basis of the program contract.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186390

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A Beginning Farmer means an individual or entity who:

- Has not operated a farm, or who has operated a farm for not more than 10 consecutive years. This requirement applies to all members of an entity.
- Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program open to all eligible agricultural producers including livestock, forestry, and organic production.

Applicants must have current crop and producer records on file with USDA’s Farm Service Agency. They must comply with the adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions and be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements. They must own or control the land for the term of the proposed contract, agree to implement specific eligible conservation practices according to the contract schedule, and have an interest in an agricultural operation. There must be an existing resource concern that can be addressed through an NRCS conservation practice.

Land is not eligible EQIP if it is currently enrolled in another USDA Farm Bill conservation program such as the Wetland Reserve Easement program (WRE) or the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for the same practice on the same land. Land is also ineligible if it is used for mitigation purposes, or if it is publicly owned, unless the publicly owned land is part on an eligible operation.

Pre-Application Information:

EQIP applications can be submitted anytime during the year. EQIP has a continuous sign-up with application cut-off dates to rank and prioritize any new or unfunded applications. A signed application can be filed with the local NRCS office at any time.

A signed application indicates an interest in developing a conservation plan, the first step in the application process.

Application Cut-off Period: August 30, 2019

Eligibility and application process: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd1438652

Current funding opportunities and deadlines: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_018783

Get Started with NRCS: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/newsroom/features/?cid=stelprdb1193811

Application documents: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_018773

General EQIP program information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nj/programs/financial/eqip/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to your local NRCS office: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/contact/local/?cid=nrcs141p2_018800

State Office
Carrie Lindig, State Conservationist
USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Avenue 4th Floor
Somerset NJ 08873

Phone: 732-537-6041

For a list of specific employees, see: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nj/contact/state/

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