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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

Grants to New Jersey Agricultural Producers in Cumberland and
Salem County for Watershed Conservation Activities

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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 for conservation practices that improve aquatic habitats and water quality in eligible impaired streams and watersheds in Cumberland and Salem Counties. Applicants must first make an appointment with program staff. Funding is intended to help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces.

NRCS in New Jersey selected three watersheds located in Salem and Cumberland Counties for this initiative. The Upper Cohansey, Upper Salem, and Upper Alloway Creek watersheds have documented phosphorus, bacteria, and sediment impairments, which may be caused by soil erosion, exposed soil, and lack of riparian buffers and filter strips. While the land use in these areas is varied, the majority of land is in agricultural production, with the Upper Cohansey watershed at 68% of its land area in agriculture, the Upper Salem at 65% and the Upper Alloway Creek at 41%. Agricultural runoff contributing to these impairments can be mitigated by conservation practices on agricultural lands that may help to reduce the phosphorus, bacteria, and sediment impairments within the watersheds.

NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance and planning tools to determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to improve water quality on your land. Nutrient management systems, erosion control, conservation tillage, pest management, and buffers systems are just some of the practices being offered as part of the National Water Quality Initiative.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186406

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:

To get started, make an appointment at your local office. You will need to establish eligibility and farm records for your land. NRCS will help you complete an application while explaining which conservation practices are available in your watershed. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed.

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

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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

For a list of specific employees, see:

USDA - NRCS, Woodstown Office
51 Cheney Road, Suite 2
Woodstown, NJ 08098
PHONE: (856) 769-1126 ext. 3

USDA - NRCS, Vineland Office
Building 5, Suite A
1318 South Main Road
Vineland NJ 08360

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Salem and Cumberland Counties: the Upper Cohansey River, Upper Salem River, and Upper Alloway Creek Watersheds