Odor and Nutrient Management Newsletter

Winter 2003

2003 Environmental Quality Incentive Program

by Chris Murray, Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) provided for increased funding of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). In fact, it suggested the funding should increase nationally from $400 million in 2002 to $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2007. The total funding, $5.8 billion over the life of the Farm Bill, is a major departure from the $150 to $200 million per fiscal year allocated over the life of the last farm bill legislation.

EQIP funding in Iowa increased substantially in 2003. Iowa’s EQIP Incentive Payment Allocation totaled approximately $12.7 million. There were more than 3,200 applications for EQIP cost share funding this year totaling $36.5 million. About 2,150 applications were not funded due to lack of funds.

This year, 1,050 applications were funded in Iowa. These projects were chosen for funding based on ranking criteria developed by the Conservation District Commissioners, the NRCS District Conservationist and the local working group in each county. Each project was ranked by how well it addressed the resource conservation concerns of the county. Iowa counties allocated $10.8 million or 85 percent of the state EQIP funds in this manner. $1.5 million or 12 percent was allocated to open feedlots from a state reserve fund targeted to assist those producers who are developing systems to meet federal and state requirements for their operations. Special projects around the Rathbun Reservoir were funded with $400,000 in EQIP money.

Primary practice applied, EQIP dollars

The top five applications of the EQIP cost share funds can be found in the chart.
These cost share incentives represent a substantial investment in addressing the resource concerns of the state. Waste/manure storage and handling and nutrient management incentives made the top five. Implementation of these practices total almost $2.8 million dollars or 22 percent of the total EQIP funding for Iowa and will have an impact on the state.

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