Georgia Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

EQIP contracts provide incentive payments and cost-share payments for implementing conservation practices. These contracts are for 2 to 10 years allowing farmers to implement conservation practices as they can financially incorporate them into their farming operation.

If selected for the program, farmers will develop a conservation plan, if they don’t already have one, for the acreage affected by their EQIP practices. Conservation practices must meet NRCS technical standards. Farmers may elect to receive technical assistance from NRCS Conservationists, or they may use an approved third-party provider, if available. NRCS will evaluate each EQIP application, with higher priority given to applications that use cost-effective conservation practices, address local priorities, and provide the most environmental benefit. Georgia will use a statewide Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) ranking worksheet to evaluate the applications. The EBI ranking worksheet will rank applications within each statewide resource concern with the exception of wildlife habitat, which is applicable to all resource concerns.

Georgia’s statewide resource concerns are:

  • Reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved soil quality
  • Improved water quality through implementation of animal waste systems
  • Protection of water sources through water conservation measures
  • Increased wildlife habitat for all species Conservation practices that address these resource concerns are eligible for financial assistance.

In the general sign-up, Georgia has set a 50% cost-share limit for all structural practices. Incentive payments may be made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as residue management, prescribed grazing and comprehensive nutrient management.

Pilot Poultry Litter Transfer Resource Concern will be continued as part of EQIP with several modification to improve the program delivery and to help achieve the projects two primary objectives:
1. Create an incentive to distribute Poultry Litter to areas of the state that have historically
not used poultry litter as a fertilizer.
2. Promotion of a long-term market for animal manure as a fertilizer around the state.

Implementation of this project has the potential to reduce poultry litter application in areas where
it has traditionally been over-applied in the past and should result in better distribution of these
nutrients to areas of the state that have historically not used litter as a fertilizer source.

Financial assistance available to the participants in the Poultry Litter Resource Concerns will be
limited to incentive payments, for up to 2 years, for Manure Transfer (634) and Nutrient
Management (590) conservation practices, as listed in the current Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) Cost List.


Contact Georgia Environmental Quality Incentives Program


Contact Georgia Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Jimmy Bramblett
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
355 East Hancock Ave Stop Number 200
Athens, Georgia  30601
Phone: 706-546-2083
Fax: 706-546-2120


 

Service Area

National Program