South Carolina 2011 State EQIP Sign-Up and Application Information
Deadline of September 30th approaching
Steve Moore, Director of Climate & Energy, South Carolina Wildlife Federation
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land to address concerns such as soil erosion and productivity, grazing management, water quality, animal waste, and forestry concerns. EQIP also assists eligible small-scale farmers who have historically not participated in or ranked high enough to be funded in previous program sign ups.
There is a continuous signup for EQIP; however, to increase your chances of funding, apply by September 30. Funding selections will be announced in the second quarter of 2012. Producers interested in applying should visit their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible to prepare their applications.
In South Carolina, EQIP will pay 75 percent of the costs of eligible conservation practices under the general sign-up. Historically Underserved who are Limited Resource, Socially Disadvantaged, and Beginning Farmers are eligible for 90 percent cost share. Those to be considered Socially Disadvantaged for this program are American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders. Incentive payments may be made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as nutrient management, manure management, integrated pest management, precision farming, and wildlife habitat management.
All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in South Carolina. More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at www.SC.nrcs.usda.gov under programs.