EQIP Conservation Activity Plans
The 2008 Farm Bill includes provisions to support conservation planning
through development of Conservation Activity Plans under the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
A conservation activity plan (CAP) is a specialized and detailed plan
designed to address concerns associated with a narrowly defined resource. A CAP
meets all NRCS conservation planning standards and addresses requirements
including cultural resources and regulations outlined in the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CAPs are most applicable for those who want to
undertake a higher level of resource management for a specific purpose.
In Oregon, NRCS is accepting applications from landowners and operators
requesting assistance to develop:
- Forest Management Activity Plans: site specific conservation
plans prepared by a professional forester. The plan identifies and describes
in detail the management actions and conservation practices that will help
the landowner meet their objectives, maintain production, meet regulatory
requirements, and enhance soil, water, air, plants, fish, and wildlife
- Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP): conservation
plans developed to address all resource aspects of an animal feeding
operation. As defined by NRCS, a CNMP is a grouping of conservation
practices and management activities that, when implemented, will ensure both
production and natural resource protection goals are achieved. A CNMP will
identify and address natural resource concerns in regards to soil, water,
air, plants, animals, and people on the farm. The potential impacts of soil
erosion and manure on water quality are a key natural resource concern.
How It Works
A landowner or producer may submit an EQIP application for financial
assistance to offset the development cost of a detailed Forest Management
Activity Plan or a CNMP. Participants must enroll in EQIP before their
Conservation Activity Plan is developed; payment for a CAP is not retroactive.
- A producer applies for EQIP assistance for development of a CAP. To be
considered for funding, applicants must meet the
eligibility requirements for EQIP. In
addition, producers are allowed only one CAP on the same acreage at a time.
- If approved for funding, the producer will select an approved
conservation planner to develop the plan from TechReg, the online registry
of certified Technical Service Providers:
http://techreg.usda.gov/index.aspx. Potential applicants should visit
the TechReg Web site before they submit an application. In order to receive
funding for a conservation activity plan, a qualified TSP registered in
TechReg must be available.
- The CAP must be developed by the Technical Service Provider within 12
- After the CAP is complete, the landowner or producer submits it to NRCS.
After NRCS approves the completed plan, the landowner will receive the EQIP
payment for plan development. Set payment rates for CAPs are not more than
75% of the estimated incurred cost of plan development. The following is a
2009 list of CAP rates for Forest Management Activity Plans and CNMPs:
The document below requires
2012 EQIP CAP Payment Rates - Coming Soon
Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients
EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program
participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not
participated in or have received limited benefits through USDA programs. Click
here for more information about historically
The document below requires
2012 EQIP CAP Payment Rates for Historically Underserved Clients - Coming Soon
- After the CAP is finalized, the producer may choose to submit
another EQIP application for financial and technical assistance to implement
conservation measures described in the CAP.
For more information or to discuss other opportunities for EQIP conservation
assistance, please contact the District Conservationist in the
USDA Service Center nearest your
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