FY 2022 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Oct. 15th Deadline
Due October 15th
Please see the flyer (below this letter) from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) announcing that Friday, October 15, 2021, will be the application deadline for requesting financial assistance through EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) for work to be started in 2022.
For those with forestland, the main practices this funding covers are preparing and replanting land that has been logged recently. Last year we had 28 landowners receive financial assistance to get their cutover land returned to a healthy, productive, income-generating condition for the future.
In addition, EQIP funding can be used to provide landowners with a Forest Management Plan prepared by a professional forester to assess their property and capture the family’s objectives in owning the land in a plan detailing the next steps in management. NRCS EQIP funding is not limited to forest management as farmers and ranchers also receive funding. The deadline is particularly important because, although EQIP applications can be submitted all year, the applications are batched and processed once a year. You do not want to wait a whole year for another funding cycle.
If you are interested in applying for EQIP funds or have questions about how the funding may apply to your situation, do not hesitate to call me, Steve Patterson (843.834.8651) or our Forestry Associate, Sharmaine George (843.745.7055).
All participants who apply by Oct. 15 for fiscal year 2022 EQIP funding must have all eligibility paperwork completed and their application must be “eligible” no later than Dec. 3, 2021.
NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round but makes funding selections at specific times during the fiscal year. NRCS is encouraging producers and private landowners to submit their applications as soon as possible because funding is limited. NRCS provided nearly $33 million in EQIP funding to eligible South Carolina farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and private landowners in fiscal year 2021.
“NRCS works hard to help eligible farmers, ranchers and private landowners plan and carry out conservation practices that can benefit all South Carolina’s residents by providing clean air and water, healthy and productive forests, and healthy soils,” said Ann English, State Conservationist for NRCS in South Carolina. “EQIP provides crucial funding to help producers carry out these practices on their agricultural land.”
EQIP, a voluntary conservation program, promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. This program is available to eligible producers and landowners and offers financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural and management practices on private land that deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water quality and reduced soil erosion. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland, and non-industrial private forestland.
In South Carolina, EQIP will pay 75 percent of the costs to implement eligible conservation practices for producers. In addition, the 2018 Farm Bill strengthened benefits for historically underserved farmers, beginning and limited resource farmers, American Indian Tribes, and veterans. The payment rate is up to 90 percent for financial assistance through EQIP and provides advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices. Examples of conservation practices include nutrient management, manure management facilities, cover crops, heavy use areas, and wildlife habitat management.