Environmental Quality Incentives Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, technical and financial assistance program designed to help farmers improve irrigation efficiency; manage nutrient run-off and/or animal waste; improve the health of native plant communities; and reduce soil loss. In most instances, producers who participate in the program pay for roughly half of the costs of the conservation measures or practices.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.
“EQIP is NRCS’ most popular conservation program, providing valuable conservation assitance to producers on Washington’s working lands,” Assistant State Conservationist Jeff Harlow said, “Applicants who want to be considered for a fiscal year 2014 EQIP contract will need to have a signed application on file by the application deadline.” In 2013, Washington agricultural producers qualified for nearly $13.1 million in financial assistance through the program, according to NRCS. While NRCS programs operate on a year-round signup basis, and producers can file applications at any time, periodic ranking deadlines are established so applications on file at that time can be evaluated for the next available funding allocation.
Applicants must provide a DUNS number, be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), and maintain an active registration with current information prior to applying for funding and to remain eligible for payments under a funded contract. For more information regarding DUNS and SAM, or if interested in applying for EQIP funding, view the EQIP Fact Sheet, or contact the local NRCS field office, located through the web site at: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=WA.
Washington State Farm Planning Workbook Now Available
A new publication from the Office of Farmland Preservation is now available online and in print. Check it out online here.
Hardcopies are available. If you would like a hardcopy mailed to you, please contact us at here with mailing information or 360-407-6200. Funding for this edition was provided by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. While this workbook focuses on our state’s specialty crop growers, it is inclusive of all Washington farm families as they plan the future of their farm.
Planning the Future of Your Farm is a workbook for families who want to keep their farmland in production and/or “in the family” as it passes to the next generation. The workbook helps address the one question: Who will farm the land?
The workbook is laid out in four sections, each with narratives supported by worksheets. Families can use it themselves or under the guidance of a professional adviser. Each section corresponds to a suggested planning process. After you have reviewed, please take a moment to complete a short survey either online or hardcopy (included in hardcopy workbook) providing feedback and input as we work to improve the tools available for Washington farm and ranchers. The online survey is available at http://goo.gl/QUbCkN
Tips on Land & Water Management for Puget Sound Rural Living
One of the best guides out there for managing your small rural farm or property. It's a broad, comprehensive introduction that's easy to read and apply. Click here to view.
5 Quick Tips for Spring Pastures - Better Ground
Series of Videos for Sound Horsekeepers
Snohomish Conservation District and Alayne Blickle, from Horses for Clean Water, have partnered to create this informative series of short videos on a range of essential horsekeeping topics. The best news? Each of the 9 videos is under 2 minutes long! Topics include:
Pasture Management Basics • Sugars in Grasses– managing pasture with horse health in mind • Covering Compost • Footing Choices for Paddocks • Least Toxic Fly Control • Native Plants for Buffers and Mud Management • Using Sand Footing in Paddocks • Roof Runoff Harvesting • Solar Power Use on Horse Properties
Access the videos from the Snohomish CD's site.