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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 authorized NRCS to provide technical and financial assistance to producers through EQIP-CIC for the implementation, adoption, management, and maintenance of incentive practices that effectively address at least one eligible priority resource concern within a State-identified High Priority Area. EQIP-CIC can be a steppingstone for producers between EQIP classic and the Conservation Stewardship Program.
In consultation with the State Technical Committee and Local Work Groups, the State Conservationist has developed ranking pools and ranking criteria to focus CIC funding for priority resource concerns and focused conservation.
NRCS uses the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART) to assess the site vulnerability, existing conditions, and identify potential resource concerns on a unit of land. After CART assessment, NRCS uses CART Ranking to evaluate an application in applicable ranking pools.
The State Conservationist establishes batching periods to select the highest ranked applications for funding. Contract approval is dependent on program eligibility determinations.
NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round but establishes cutoff dates to make funding selections for eligible, screened, and ranked applications.
FY23 Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
Ranking Deadline: March 10, 2023
Funding Selections: March 15, 2023
Obligation Deadline: June 23, 2023
Only applications for agricultural operations that address resource concerns on the land use type listed below will be considered for financial assistance from this EQIP Fund Pool. The description below is the NRCS land use definition.
Crop: Land used primarily for the production and harvest of annual or perennial field, forage, food, fiber, horticultural, orchard, vineyard, or energy crops.
Soil Quality Limitation
- Aggregate instability
- Concentration of salts or other chemicals
- Organic matter depletion
- Soil organism habitat loss or degradation
Field, Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Loss
- Nutrients transported to groundwater
- Nutrients transported to surface water
- Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to groundwater
- Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to surface water
- Sediment transported to surface water
Field Pesticide Loss
- Pesticides transported to groundwater
- Pesticides transported to surface water
- 328 - Conservation Crop Rotation
- 329 - Residue and Tillage Management, No Till
- 345 - Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till
- 484 - Mulching
- 590 - Nutrient Management
- 595 - Pest Management Conservation System
- 808 - Soil Carbon Amendment
Lifespan for all practices is one year
- Are the assessed PLUs classified as cropland and within the state of California?
- Is the applicant a Tribe, Tribal members, Alaska Native(s), and/or Pacific Islander?
- Did the applicant apply as a Historically Underserved Producer?
- In the last two EQIP program years, the client failed to implement contract items as agreed to according to Form, NRCS-CPA-153, Agreement Covering Non-Compliance with Provisions of Contract; OR, in the last two EQIP program years, the client had a NRCS contract terminated.
- Will implementation of the conservation practices directly result in reduced soil disturbance and/or a greater variety of plantings?
- Will implementation of the conservation practices directly result in reduced movement of pesticides, nutrients, and/or sediment beyond the field boundary?
See CART Ranking Pool Report for additional information: