NRCS-Cost Share Programs Avaiable:
Copyright Cheryl Barrett
Below are brief descriptions of available Conservation practices for Environmental Quality Incentives Programs. If you see anything that you would be interested in, your welcome to call Cheryl Barrett at the Montgomery County Conservation District office & she can help you. You will need to fill out the 3 page application which you can find at the bottom of this page.

Access RoadCovers components related to erosion and sediment control on existing private access roads in forests, grasslands or cropland that are used for the purpose of managing those lands.

Amendments for Treatment of Agricultural Wastes – covers application of materials to manure produced in confined animal operations for the purpose of reducing the impact of phosphorus on water quality. This is an incentive practice and provides up to three years of financial assistance to producers who have not used the practice for this purpose before.

Anaerobic Digester – a waste treatment facility installed to biologically treat animal waste to reduce green house gases and improve air quality.

Animal Mortality Facility and Composting Facility – a composting facility is a structure used to compost dead animals associated with a confined animal operation. A mortality facility includes incinerators and freezers. These should be used only when existing facilities are not adequate for the existing operation.

Brush Management – mechanical or chemical treatment of brush to restore a desired plant community. This is not an annual weed control. If done correctly and proper management used, it should be needed infrequently.

Closure of Waste Impoundment – cost shares are available to assist with proper closure of an animal waste impoundment to meet permit requirements when the confined animal waste operation is being discontinued as a result of loss of contract through no fault of the owner/operator and no other contract is available. This pays for disconnecting and breaching. Al other work will be at the expense of the landowner.

Conservation Cover – used for establishment of vegetative cover to reduce erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on land not used for hay, grazing, crop or similar uses.

Critical Area Planting – similar to conservation cover, but on sites where normal vegetation establishment methods are not sufficient and erosion is more extreme. Conditions may require more extensive dirt work to prepare a planting site. This practice may be used in conjunction with a structure to control runoff. This practice might be used to establish a cover on newly constructed levees.

Dike – a low earthen structure generally used in conservation programs to enable and control shallow water flooding, or to enhance irrigation water management.

Diversion – a low earthen structure, generally on a specific grade and with a controlled outlet, used to intercept runoff to reduce erosion and improve water quality.

Fence – used to aid in controlling access of livestock to certain sites such as streams, ponds and wildlife habitat, and to aid in carrying out good grazing management, especially the prescribed grazing practice. Cost-shares are not available for exterior/border fences or for corrals.

Field Border – a strip of permanent vegetation at the edge of or surrounding a field to reduce erosion and sedimentation, provide wildlife food and cover, and aid in insect control.

Filter Strip – a strip of permanent vegetation with the primary purpose of capturing sediment and other pollutants to protect water quality. Some land soothing may be required to accomplish proper water flow.

Firebreak – a strip of land, either bare or vegetated, planted for the purpose of retarding fire. Aids in conducting prescribed burns and protecting against wildfire, and can provide wildlife food and cover. Cost-share is available for use on forest or grassland only.

Forest Management Plan – this is a stand alone practice for a one year contract. A comprehensive forest management plan written and approved by a consultant forester that is a TSP that meets minimum standards must be proved. Plans must be for at least 20 acres.

Forest Slash Treatment – this practice is to clean up debris in forested areas having severe damage caused by catastrophic events such as ice storms or tornados. If the land is being prepared for reforestation, use tree/shrub site preparation instead.

Forest Stand Improvement – practices to improve health and diversity of a forest stand, including wildlife habitat benefits, but cannot be used in EQUIP solely to improve productivity capacity of a stand or result in commercial sales of products.

Forest Trails & Landings – this practice is used similarly to access roads, but on sites not normally used as roads. It is also used to implement erosion control measures on landings.

Grade Stabilization Structure – structure constructed of earth, pipes and other materials used to control head cutting in natural and artificial channels.

Grassed Waterway – used alone or with diversions or terraces to discharge water safely down a slope without erosion. Work involves shaping an area to a specific grade and width and establishing a permanent grass cover.

Heavy Use Area Protection – used primarily for areas with heavy livestock use, such as around water troughs or other watering points, but may apply to other conservation uses. Usually involves placing filter cloth and a layer of pervious material such as SB2 rock, but may include other materials. This is not required with every watering facility, but is available when needed.

Irrigation Land Leveling – shaping an irrigated field to a specific grade to improve the management of irrigation water. For cost-share purposes, a reduction in the amount of water needed must be accomplished.

Irrigation Regulating Reservoir – a relatively small irrigation water storage reservoir for storing irrigation water for short periods to aid in improved water management and as part of a tail water recovery system, with a primary benefit of reducing demand on ground water.

Irrigation Storage Reservoir – a larger reservoir for storing irrigation water until needed, with a primary benefit of reducing demand on ground water.

Irrigation System, Microirrigation – available only for use on alternative crops that already have an irrigation history, for the purpose of improving irrigation water efficiencies and reducing water needs.

Irrigation System, Sprinkler – available only for the purpose of land application of liquid manures from confined animal operations. Generally a permanent installation, but traveling guns may be used when the cost can be shown to be less than a permanent installation.

Irrigation Water Conveyance – underground pipeline used to improve irrigation water management on land with an irrigation history. When associated with pumps, practice should begin at point of connection.

Irrigation Water Management – covers installation of items such as flow meters and surge valves to improve delivery and management of irrigation water. Also provides an incentive payment for trial use of the side inlet water delivery method for up to three years for an eligible participant who has not used this method before.

Manure Transfer – provides an incentive payment to encourage the transfer and shipment of animal manures produced on a confined animal operation in excess of the amount that can be properly used on the manure producer’s land to another person who can properly use the material. Cost-share is available for up to three years for an eligible participant who has not used this practice before and is paid to recipient of the animal manure. Location of use may be impacted by state law.

Mulching – used to address sites that need mulching to control erosion and aid in establishment of vegetation.

Pasture and Hayland Planting – used to establish forage on pasture or hayland sites where erosion is excessive and cover needs to be re-established. A special incentive is available to encourage planting of native forages.

Pipeline – used to carry livestock water from a source to a trough. This practice is eligible when an existing water source is being blocked, such as by fencing to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, or when implementing a prescribed grazing system to the minimum level described in EQIP policy.

Pond – used as a means to treat resource concerns such as stop erosion and protect water quality, replace existing water source being blocked, such as by fencing to protect water quality or wildlife habitat; implementing a prescribed grazing system to the minimum described in EQIP policy. May not exceed the size needed for this purpose. Cost-share is not available when the intent is solely for fish, recreation or livestock water except as noted above.

Pond Sealing or Lining – for use in liquid water storage structures where needed to prevent ground water contamination.

Prescribed Burning – for use with native grasses and on forestry sites to improve diversity, stand health, and wildlife habitat. Burning may also be used as a site preparation method for establishment of trees or shrubs being planted through an EQIP contract.

Prescribed Grazing – provides incentive payments to implement a rotational grazing program, interseed legumes in pastures, and adopt an environmentally friendly nutrient management plan. A variation is also available to encourage proper grazing of native warm season grasses to improve habitat for ground nesting birds through periodic deferred grazing.

Pumping Plant – used in irrigation systems being installed for the purpose of reducing the use of ground water. May also be used in alternative livestock water supplies when an existing water source is being blocked.

Riparian Forest Buffer – an area of predominately trees and/or shrubs established along a water course or water body for the purpose of improving water quality and riparian wildlife habitat and increasing carbon storage. A zone of native grasses may be included.

Riparian Buffer – Technically, riparian buffers are strips of trees planted along creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Many farmers and ranchers just call them common-sense conservation. Here's why. Riparian buffers help restore streamside areas because they: STABILIZE STREAMBANKS. Deep-rooted vegetation binds the soil along streambanks, which prevents bank sloughing during periods of high runoff. IMPROVE WATER QUALITY. Trees, shrubs, and grasses along streams remove sediment, nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and other potential pollutants before they enter the waterbody. REDUCE FLOODING AND SEDIMENTATION. Trees and shrubs help reain runoff longer, improve infiltration, and filter out sediment that might otherwise be delivered downstream during floods. ENHANCE WILDLIFE HABITAT. Trees and shrubs supply habitat and travel corridors for many wildlife species. Landowners in this area can receive reimbursement up to 90 percent of the cost of establishing conservation practices such as permanent fencing, planting trees, and installing alternative livestock watering facilities. Annual rental payments are approximately $40 per acre per year and can also include up to $10 per acre per year in maintenance payments. In addition, there may be an up-front $100 per acre incentive payment. Continuous CRP contracts last 10 to 15 years depending on the approved practice. Cost share payments are made when the approved practices are completed and rental payments are made after October 1 of each year.

Riparian Herbaceous Cover – similar to riparian forest buffer, but used on sites naturally dominated by herbaceous vegetation.

Roof Runoff Structure – used in confined animal facilities, such as dairies, to collect, control and transport precipitation from roofs to aid in protecting water quality and reduce erosion.

Shallow Water Management for Wildlife – proves an incentive payment for trial use of methods to manage shallow water for wildlife for up to three years for any eligible participant who has not used the practice before.

Silvopasture Establishment – the planting of trees on grazing land. This practice must be established in an existing pasture and have prescribed grazing and provides incentive payments for five years.

Solid/Liquid Waste Separation Facility – facility to separate solids and liquids in an animal waste treatment system.

Spring Development – developing spring water for livestock use when used to replace an existing water source being blocked or when implementing a prescribed grazing system.

Stream Crossing – establishes a permanent crossing on roads, on grassland and forest that are used for the purpose of managing those lands. These must be established at existing inadequate stream crossings for the purpose improving water quality.

Streambank and Shoreline Protection – activities to stabilize an eroding streambank or shoreline using combinations of structural and vegetative measures. Use of this practice is limited to sites that, in an NRCS engineer’s opinion, can be successfully stabilized.

Structure for Water Control – structure in irrigation, drainage, or other water management system used to control water to aid in irrigation water management, to control erosion and sediment, to aid in managing water levels, o for similar activity.

Tree/Shrub Establishment – the planting of trees or shrubs for the purpose of controlling erosion, water quality improvement and increased diversity and health of an existing forest stand. This practice may also be used to supplement other practices that require the planting of trees or shrubs. Cost-share is not available in EQIP strictly for the establishment of a commercial stand of timber that does not accomplish one of the above objectives.

Tree/Shrub Site Preparation – used in association with tree/shrub establishment to properly prepare a site for successful planting.

Upland Wildlife Habitat Management – used for the planting of a variety of permanent native and introduced plants for the purpose of increasing wildlife food and cover on upland habitat sites.

Waste Facility Cover – used to cover a waste treatment or storage facility when needed to exclude precipitation, and to capture and control biogas for air quality purposes.

Waste Storage Facility – a facility to store either liquid or dry animal manures from a confined animal operation until an appropriate time for land application or other use.

Waste Treatment Lagoon – a facility to store and treat animal waste from a confined animal operation.

Water Facility – trough for providing livestock water

Water Well – wells are available to improve a water supply for irrigation of alternative crops according to the Arkansas EQIP definition. They are also available for livestock water when replacing an existing water source being blocked or implementing a prescribed grazing system. Only the minimum size needed to address alternative crop or livestock carrying capacity on a specific operation may be cost-shared.

Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management – used for planting a variety of permanent native and introduced plants for the purpose of increasing wildlife food and cover on wetland habitat sites.

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment – single or multiple rows of trees shrubs arranged in a manner to protect plants from wind damage, such as from blown sand or to improve air quality and reduce odor problems adjacent to confined animal operations.

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