NRCS - EQIP Technical & FINANCIAL Assistance
The Amandor RCD provides works with the the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement Farm Bill Programs, such as Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The two partners work closely together on a variety of tasks, such as: Outreach and Education, Workshop Facilitation, and Technical Support. The Amador RCD worked with NRCS to create a series of videos to show how these funds can help on all types of properties in Amador County.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). EQIP was created to assist eligible farmers and ranchers to address conservation concerns affecting soil, water, air, and related natural resources. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance, information, and training to implement eligible conservation practices on their farms.
If you’re interested in applying for EQIP funding visit the NRCS Office is Jackson; 12200 B Airport Road Jackson, CA 95642 or contact the District Conservationist Bobette Parson at Bobette.Parsons@ca.usda.gov
Healthy Soils and Water EFFICIENCY Programs
There are also two grant programs currently available through the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) funding is available to California farms and ranches for a variety of practices that can cut on-farm water and energy use, build soil fertility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while providing economic benefit to the operations. Project awards are available to operations of all sizes: medium and small scale operations are encouraged to apply. The State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP) can award up to $100,000 for irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on agriculture operations. The Healthy Soils Incentives Program can award up to $75,000 to implement any of the 25 eligible soil health practices, such as: cover crops, compost application, hedgerows, mulching, no-till or reduced till, and prescribed grazing on pasture. Applications are due March 8th. If you are interested in applying for these grant applications contact Emily Lovell at email@example.com or (530) 405-9777 for assistance. Emily is available to provide free one-on-one technical assistance through the application period.
For more information please visit the cdfa’s office of environmental farming and innovation’s website at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/