|Agency Name||Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS)|
|Project Annual Funding Level ||varies|
|Range of Funding (Landowner) ||up to $ 300,000|
|Criteria for funding project ||Persons that are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land.|
|Geographic Coverage Area||All counties in Florida. National coverage.|
|Description of Program||EQIP provides cost sharing to help farmers with conservation practices. All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Florida. Farmers can apply for cost-sharing for many types of conservation practices.
" Organic Initiative--helps producers install conservation practices on USDA certified organic operations or those working toward organic certification.
" Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative--helps producers install high tunnels designed to extend the growing season, increase productivity, keep plants at a steady temperature, and conserve water and energy.
" On-farm Energy Initiative--helps producers conserve energy on their operations.
" Longleaf Pine Initiative--helps private landowners improve the sustainability and profitability of Longleaf pine forest ecosystems.
" Gulf of Mexico Initiative--helps producers located in the Escambia River and Middle Suwannee River Area watersheds to focus on reducing soil erosion, improving soil health, improving water quality, and wildlife habitat on cropland, pastureland and forestland. |
|When are landowner applications accepted?||Continuous throughout the year. Batching period usually ends at the end of October each year. *Check your local NRCS office for more accurate application dates.
The EQIP Initiatives application deadline is October 21, 2016 for FY 2017 .
Please see the website for all NRCS deadlines: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/fl/home/|
|Match Required?||No Program pays flat rate reimbursement of costs by federal grants|
|Target Invasive Species?||All federal or state listed invasive species|
|Any other Requirements or Eligibility?||Non-federal lands (private, state, municipal or tribal lands) or federal lands when primary benefit is on associated non-federal lands on a limited basis. Must meet HEL/WC (highly erodible lands/wetland compliance) and AGI (adjusted gross income) requirements.|
|Agreement Required||Yes 1 to 10 years|
|Permanent Contact Person||Georganne Wiltse|
|Contact number||(352) 338-9545 |
|contacted last||2017-05-03 00:00:00.0|