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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Activity Plans

Grants to New Jersey Agricultural Producers to Develop
Land and Resource Conservation Plans

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

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Grants to New Jersey agricultural producers and forest owners to develop comprehensive plans that address land and natural resource conservation concerns. Funding is intended for any eligible producer, including those involved with forestry, livestock, and organic production.

Producers may apply for financial assistance through EQIP to develop a specialty plan called a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) to address certain land use activities or specific resource needs on their land. A CAP combines specific land use objectives associated with a renewable resource with a comprehensive management plan that addresses all of the natural resource concerns within an agriculture or forestry operation. The purpose of a CAP is to outline a combination of vegetative, structural, and/or management practices necessary to protect and sustain natural resources on agricultural and forest landscapes, and to serve as a blueprint for future implementation of conservation practices.

Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use or to address a specific resource need. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices. Example CAP plans may address:

- Transitioning to organic operations
- Grazing Management
- Forest Management
- Pollinator Habitat
- Nutrient Management
- Integrated Pest Management for Herbicide Resistant Weed Conservation

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GrantWatch ID#: 186397

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

A CAP is developed by a Technical Service Provider (TSP), which is a technical consultant approved to develop the plans to NRCS standards and specifications. The producer may apply to receive financial assistance to hire a TSP to develop a plan for their land. For more information about TSP services, visit the national TSP website:

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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:

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

Phone: 732-537-6041

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey