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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Local Work Groups

Grants to New Jersey Agricultural Producers for Projects
that Address Regional Conservation Priorities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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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 agricultural producers for conservation activities addressing regional resource priorities. Funding typically focuses on the management of forestland, wildlife habitat, cropland, and livestock. Resource priorities are set by North, Central and South Jersey Work Groups established by the New Jersey NRCS. Applications for this pool of funding are ranked according to resource priorities that have been identified by the respective local work group.

Northern New Jersey Local Work Group: This pool fund directs EQIP funding to conservation activities in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties. This local working group seeks to prioritize applications that address natural resource issues relating to improving water quality, livestock, forestry, and wildlife.

Central New Jersey Local Work Group: This pool fund directs EQIP funding to conservation activities in Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties. This local working group seeks to prioritize applications that address natural resource issues relating to soil quality, water quality and pollinator protection as well as livestock and forestry.

Southern New Jersey Local Work Group: This pool fund directs EQIP funding to conservation activities in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. This local working group seeks to prioritize applications that address natural resource issues relating to reducing soil degradation, improving irrigation efficiency and increasing resilience of coastal communities as well as forestry and livestock.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186405

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

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/

Grant Coverage Areas:

- North: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.
- Central: Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties
- South: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties
- Map: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1404637&ext=pdf

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey