Natural Resource Conservation Service

Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District

Environmental Quality Incentive Program

 The EQIP programís goals are to encourage landowners to treat all natural resource concerns on a tract or field.  Contracts can be for one year up to ten years.    The program has a straight payment for practices; the program does not use a percent cost share system. We accept application on continuous bases but realize once crops get to a certain height limited field work can be completed until harvest.  Cut off dates are established by the State Office to assist in the ranking process. Those applications need to be reviewed with the landowner with agreements made, ranked, and entered into the computer tracking systems before allocations can be made.

All applications require a field office staff member and you to meet at the farm and review what needs to be done. Other information may need to be gathered from the landowner/operator to ensure that the ranking questions are answered correctly. Types of this information could be: copies of soil test, nutrient application, willingness to develop wildlife areas, and addressing all of the concerns identified in the field or tract. We want to emphasis that proper and concise planning can take up to six months for those tracts/fields with multiple concerns.

Categories funded in the past include: Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, Confined Livestock Operations, Forest Management Implementation, General EQIP and Grazing Land Operations.  Typical practices funded under Confined Livestock Operations include but not limited to: waste utilization, compost facilities, manure transfer, and waste storage facilities. Forest Management Implementation includes but not limited to: forest stand improvements, stream bank and shoreline protection, and tree/shrub establishment. General would include but not limited to: water and sediment control basins, grass waterways and terraces. Grazing includes but not limited to: fencing, wells, pond, watering facilities, stream crossings, and pasture improvement.

If you are interested please call the office and talk to Wyatt Junis or Cathy Olson in Monmouth. We can answer general questions on the phone or make an appointment with you to discuss what we can do for you. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am until 4:30pm or 309-924-1173 extension 3.

Conservation Stewardship Program

Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pastureland, on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed.

 

Participation in the program is voluntary.† CSP encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land. The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.

 

Application cut off is February 7, 2014 with funding decisions made by March 21, 2014. All it takes is an hour of your time to work through several questions called the Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). The CMT tool is software that is used to develop a point scale and then takes into account what enhancement you wish to install for the next five years and then assesses the payment you could receive. You are not committed to the contract until you know the payment.

 

Some examples for cropland for enhancements could include a fuel savings of 20% or more achieved by a reduction in field operations when compared to the existing operation or use of legume cover crops as a nitrogen source and maybe utilizing plant tissue test and analysis to improve nitrogen management. Two enhancements for pastureland could be stockpiling of forages to extend the grazing season or the rotations of supplements and feeding areas. There are several options along with job sheets that explain what the criteria is and the documentation required. These can be mailed out to you to review and make decisions on.

 

Please give this program some thought and come talk so we can answer your questions.

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