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					2013 Organic Initiative
BASICS:
   Certified organic producers must provide NRCS with a copy of their Organic System Plan (OSP) and Organic Certification must be
maintained for the life of the contract.

  Transitioning to Organic must self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP) and provide
NRCS the contact information of the applicant’s USDA accredited organic certifying agent before an EQIP contract can be approved.

    Organic producers selling less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural products are exempt from organic certification. Exempt
organic producers are eligible for the EQIP Organic Initiative. Applications should be ranked with certified organic producers provided
that they self certify that they agree to develop and implement an OSP.

1. Subaccount Guidance:
       The following sub accounts have been created in ProTracts to support NOI for all States:
a. “FY13 Certified Organic” with an account type of “Certified Organics”
b. “FY13 Organic Transition” with an account type of “Organic Transitional”

2. Application, Evaluation, and Ranking Tool Guidance – Choice Lists and Matrix Data:
a. Approved Land Types – States must assign the following applicable land types as eligible for this initiative:
          Cropland                    Forest                   Pasture               Hay                    Headquarters

b. Approved Natural Resource Concerns:
       Soil Condition                                                Water Quality
       Organic Matter Depletion                                      Excessive Nutrients and Organics in Groundwater
       Compaction                                                    Excessive Nutrients and Organics in Surface Water
       Containments – Animal Waste and Other Organics - K            Excessive Suspended Sediment and Turbidity in Surface Water
       Containments – Animal Waste and Other Organics - N            Harmful Levels of Pathogens in Groundwater
       Containments – Animal Waste and Other Organics - P            Harmful Levels of Pathogens in Surface Water
       Soil Erosion                                                  Harmful Temperatures of Surface Water
       Sheet and Rill                                                Nutrient Management
       Wind                                                          Domestic Animals
       Classic Gully                                                 Inadequate Quantities and Quality of Feed and Forage
       Ephemeral Gully                                               Inadequate Stock Water
       Water Quantity                                                Inadequate Shelter
       Inefficient Water Use on Irrigated Land                       Fish and Wildlife
       Plant Condition                                               Inadequate Cover/Shelter
       Plants not adapted or suited                                  T&E Plant Species: Declining Species, Species of Concern
       Productivity, Health and Vigor                                Threatened and Endangered Fish and Wildlife Species
       Noxious and Invasive Plants
                                                                      Soil Erosion                                                                         Soil Condition                                                                                Water                                      Plant                                                                                                                               Water Quality                                                                                                             Animals                                                                                       Fish and
c. Practices Required to be offered for this initiative:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quantity                                   Condition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Domestic                                                                                       Wildlife




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Productivity, Health and Vigor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Plants not adapted or suited

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noxious and Invasive Plants




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Species, Species of Concern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harmful Levels of Pathogens


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harmful Levels of Pathogens
                                                                                                                                                                    Contaminants-Animal Waste


                                                                                                                                                                                                Contaminants-Animal Waste


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contaminants-Animal Waste




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Threatened and Endangered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quality of Feed and Forage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organics in Surface Water




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Inadequate Cover/Shelter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Inadequate Quantities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sediment and Turbidity in
                                                                                                                            Organic Matter Depletion




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organics in Groundwater




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fish and Wildlife Species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harmful Temperatures of




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Inadequate Stock Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Inefficient Water Use on




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Excessive Nutrients and
                                                                                                                                                                      and Other Organics - N




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excessive Nutrients and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Other Organics - K
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Other Organics - P




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T&E Species: Declining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Excessive Suspended




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Inadequate Shelter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Surface Water
                                                                                          Ephemeral Gully




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Groundwater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Irrigated Land




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Surface Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Surface Water
                                                                  Sheet and Rill




                                                                                                            Classic Gully



                                                                                                                                                       Compaction
                                                           Code



                                                                                   Wind
                      Conservation Practices




                        Brush Management                   314        X             X         X                                                                                                                                                                                              X                               X                              X                                                                                     X                                                                                                                 X                       X                                               X                             X                             X
                     Herbaceous Weed Control               315        X             X         X                                                                                                                                                                                              X                               X                              X                                                                                     X                                                                                                                 X                                                                       X
                        Composting Facility                317                                                                                                                X                           X                          X                                                                                                                      X                              X                          X                                                       X                             X
                        Conservation Cover                 327        X             X         X                X                  X                      X                    X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
                    Conservation Crop Rotation             328        X             X         X                X                  X                      X                    X                           X                          X                            X                          X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                                                                                                                               X
             Residue and Tillage Management, No Till       329        X             X         X                                   X                      X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 X                          X                           X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
                         Contour Farming                   330        X             X         X                X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           X                          X                           X                                                         X
            Contour Orchard and Other Perennial Crops      331        X             X         X                X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            X                              X                          X                           X                                                         X
                       Contour Buffer Strips               332        X             X         X                X                                                                                                                                                                             X                                                              X                              X                          X                           X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X
                            Cover Crop                     340        X             X         X                                   X                      X                    X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                                                       X                                                                       X
                       Critical Area Planting              342        X             X         X                X                                         X                                                                                                                                                                   X                              X                                                                                     X                           X                             X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
            Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till     345        X             X         X                                   X                      X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 X                          X                           X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
                             Diversion                     362                                                 X                                                                                                                                                  X                                                                                                                                                                               X                                                         X
                               Pond                        378                                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                                                                                                        X                          X                           X                                                                                                                                                               X                         X                             X                             X
               Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment         380        X             X                                                                     x                   X                           X                          X                            X                          X                               X                              X                                                                                     X                                                                                                                                         X                                               X                             X
                               Fence                       382        X             X         X                X                                                                                                                                                                             X                                                                                                                        X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   X                             X
                            Field Border                   386        X             X                                                                    X                    X                           X                          X                                                                                       X                              X                                                         X                           X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X
                    Riparian Herbaceous Cover              390                                                                                            x                   X                           X                          X                                                                                       X                              X                              X                           X                          X                           X                             X                            X                                                                                                  X                             X                             X
                       Riparian Forest Buffer              391                                                                                            x                   X                           X                          X                                                                                       X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                            X                                                                                                  X                             X                             X
                            Filter Strip                   393                      X                                                                    X                    X                           X                          X                                                                                       X                              X                                                         X                           X                           X                             X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
                   Grade Stabilization Structure           410                                                 X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  X                                                                                                                                                                                         X
                        Grassed Waterway                   412                                                 X                                                                                                                                                                                                             X                              X                                                                                     X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X
                        Hedgerow Planting                  422                      X                                                                                                                                                                                                        X                               X                              X                                                                                                                                                                            X                          X                                                                       X                             X                             X
                 Irrigation System, Microirrigation        441        X                                                                                                                                                                                           X                                                                                         X                              X                          X                                                       X                             X
                    Irrigation System, Sprinkler           442                      X                                                                                                                                                                             X                                                                                         X                              X                          X                                                       X                             X
               Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery       447                                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                                                                                                        X                          X                           X                                                         X
                   Irrigation Water Management             449        X                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                 X                                                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X
                                                                      Soil Erosion                                                                         Soil Condition                                                                                Water                                      Plant                                                                                                                               Water Quality                                                                                                             Animals                                                                                       Fish and
c. Practices Required to be offered for this initiative:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quantity                                   Condition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Domestic                                                                                       Wildlife




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Productivity, Health and Vigor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Plants not adapted or suited

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noxious and Invasive Plants




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Species, Species of Concern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harmful Levels of Pathogens


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harmful Levels of Pathogens
                                                                                                                                                                    Contaminants-Animal Waste


                                                                                                                                                                                                Contaminants-Animal Waste


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contaminants-Animal Waste




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Threatened and Endangered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quality of Feed and Forage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organics in Surface Water




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Inadequate Cover/Shelter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Inadequate Quantities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sediment and Turbidity in
                                                                                                                            Organic Matter Depletion




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organics in Groundwater




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fish and Wildlife Species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harmful Temperatures of




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Inadequate Stock Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Inefficient Water Use on




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Excessive Nutrients and
                                                                                                                                                                      and Other Organics - N




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excessive Nutrients and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Other Organics - K
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Other Organics - P




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T&E Species: Declining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Excessive Suspended




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Inadequate Shelter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Surface Water
                                                                                          Ephemeral Gully




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Groundwater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Irrigated Land




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Surface Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Surface Water
                                                                  Sheet and Rill




                                                                                                            Classic Gully



                                                                                                                                                       Compaction
                                                           Code



                                                                                   Wind
                      Conservation Practices




                          Access Control                   472        X             X         X                X                                          x                   X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                                                         X                           X                           X                             X                            X                          X                                                                       X                             X                             X
                             Mulching                      484        X             X         X                X                      X                                                                                                                                                      X                                                              X                                                         X                           X                                                                                                                                                                                         X
                   Forage and Biomass Planting             512        X             X         X                                   X                      X                    X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                                                       X                                                                       X
                         Livestock Pipeline                516                                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               X                         X                             X                             X
                        Prescribed Grazing                 528        X             X         X                                   X                      X                    X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                                                       X                                                                       X                             X                             X
                         Row Arrangement                   557        X                       X                                                                               X                           X                          X                            X                          X                                                                                                                                                    X                                                         X
                    Heavy Use Area Protection              561        X             X         X                X                                                              X                           X                          X                                                                                                                      X                                                                                     X                                                         X
                       Spring Development                  574                                                                                                                X                           X                          X                                                                                                                                                                                                            X                                                         X                                                                                                     X
                    Animal Trails and Walkways             575        X             X         X                X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           X                          X                                                                                                                                             X                       X                     X                         X                             X                             X
                         Stream Crossing                   578                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        X                           X                                                                                                                                                                                         X                             X                             X
                           Stripcropping                   585        X             X         X                                                                                                                                                                                              X                                                                                                                                                    X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X
                    Structure for Water Control            587                                                 X                                                                                                                                                  X                          X                                                                                             X                          X                           X                                                                                      X                                                                        X                                                       X                             X
                       Nutrient Management                 590                                                                    X                                           X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                                                             X                          X                                                       X                             X                                                                                                                               X                             X                             X
                   Integrated Pest Management              595                                                                                           X                                                                                                                                   X                                                                                                                                                                                X                                                                                                                                                             X                             X                             X
                              Terrace                      600        X                       X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   X                                                         X                                                                                                                               X
                     Herbaceous Wind Barriers              603        X             X                                                                                                                                                                                                        X                               X                              X                                                                                     X                                                                                                                                                                                         X
                     Tree/Shrub Establishment              612        X             X         X                X                  X                      X                    X                           X                          X                                                       X                               X                              X                              X                          X                           X                           X                             X                            X                                                  X                                               X                             X                             X
                         Watering Facility                 614                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                                         X                            X                                                                        X                                                       X                             X
                Water and Sediment Control Basin           638                                                 X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           X                                                      X
                            Water Well                     642                                                                                                                X                           X                          X                                                       X                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    X                                                       X                             X
                Seasonal Tunnel System for Crops           798                                                                                           X                                                                                                                                   X                               X                                                                                                                    X
             EQIP Organic Initiative Self-Certification Worksheet for Fiscal Year 2013
This self-certification form shall be used by each producer applying for EQIP Organic Initiative assistance. The
goal of the Organic Initiative is to ensure that conservation technical assistance and EQIP program benefits are
allocated to address resource concerns related to organic production. In order to qualify for the Organic Initiative,
a producer must self certify they meet one of the following three categories.
1. Certified Organic
I, ________________________, hereby acknowledge that I am a certified organic producer and I will provide
NRCS with a copy of my current approved organic system plan (OSP) and I have agreed to implement
conservation practices consistent with EQIP statute and the OSP (Sec. 1240 (B). I understand that I am required
to maintain organic certification throughout the life of the EQIP OI contract. If certification is not maintained, the
contract may be subject to termination.

Signed: ______________________________________________                                                  Date: _______________________

2. Transitioning to Organic
I, ________________________, hereby acknowledge that in order to receive technical and financial assistance
through EQIP Organic Initiative as a Transitioning to Organic producer, I agree to develop and implement an
organic system plan to standards established in the National Organic Programs (NOP) Act (7 U.S.C. Sections
6501-6522), and I have contacted the following certifying agent to begin the process of transitioning to organic
according to requirements of the National Organic Programs (NOP).
                       Certifying Agent:

                                    Address:




                                 Phone No:

I understand that if I do not meet this requirement during the period while transitioning to organic production,
my EQIP program contract may be subject to termination.

Signed: ______________________________________________                                                  Date: _______________________

3. Exempt from Certification (Organic Producers selling less than $5000 organic products annually)
I, ________________________, hereby acknowledge that in order to receive technical and financial assistance
through EQIP Organic Initiative as an Exempt producer, I Agree to Develop and implement an OSP that meets
standards established in the National Organic Programs (NOP) Act (7 U.S.C. Sections 6501-6522), and my
application will be ranked with certified organic producers provided I meet eligibility requirements. I certify that I
sell less than $5,000 in organic products annually and I have provided the required documentation as specified in
CPM-440. I agree to implement practices that are consistent with an OSP. If practices are not consistent with an
OSP, the contract may be subject to termination.
Signed: ______________________________________________                                                  Date: _______________________

DC Approval: _______________________________________                                               Date Approved: ______________________



                                                             Non-Discrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age,
disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or
because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with
disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET
Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
2013 EQIP Screening                                                                                 Application 742B2913

    Completed by:                                                                                                 Date:

Screening Questions                                                                                                         YES
1. Are all active contracts in which the applicant has an interest on schedule?
   If yes or N/A, proceed to question 2. If no, application is LOW priority.

2. Was any contract in which the applicant has an interest terminated within the last 3 years ?
   If yes, see instructions below. If no or N/A, proceed to question 3.

The EQIP Appendix Section 14 D 1(d) requires participants to certify that they have not had any public contract terminated for
If the Participant feels that has terminated abe prohibited from submitting an application to this statement, thus they are ineligible f
cause or default. If NRCS they should not Farm Bill CPC, the applicant cannot certify because the reason for contract terminat
was based Information, from EQIP Contract Appendix, Sectionotherwise out of their control for another valid reason, they may se
Reference on an environmental or archaelogical condition, or 14 D 1(d):
Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions (

(1) The Participant certifies to the best of the Participant’s knowledge and belief, that the Participant and his or her principals:

  (d) Have not within the three-year period preceding this agreement had one or more public contracts (Federal, State o
  local) terminated for cause or default.
(2) If the Participant is unable to certify to any of the statements set forth in paragraph 14D (1), the Participant shall attach an
explanation to this agreement.
                                                                                                                             Letter Date
          Applicant was notified of appendix provision (enter date letter sent)
                                                                                                                            YES
          Did the applicant submit an explanation to the State Conservationist?
             If yes, answer question below.    If no, defer application and include CONS-6 note in file.
          Did the STC determine the explanation to be adequate?
             If yes, document at right and proceed to question 3.                                Date of STC decision:
             If no, defer application and include CONS-6 note in file.
                                                                                                                 YES
3. Is the application for a Conservation Activity Plan?
    If yes, indicate if a TSP has been contacted to provide this service. If so, application is a HIGH priority. If no TSP
            TSP Name:                                                                         Date Contacted:
            TSP Name:                                                                         Date Contacted:
                                                                                                                            YES
4a. Do the proposed practice(s) supplement practices or systems previously implemented
    under an existing Conservation Plan that was written between 2008 and 2012?

4b. Has the applicant completed all previous Farm Bill contracts without any terminations
   or cancellations; or not had any contracts at all?
   If both 4a and 4b are yes, application is HIGH priority.
   If either 4a or 4b is no, application is MEDIUM priority.
   If both 4a or 4b are no, application is LOW priority.                                                      Result:

Notification Letter:
This letter notifies you that Section 14 (1)(d) of the Appendix to Form NRCS-CPA-1202 Conservation Program
Contract for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) requires you to certify that you have not, within the
three-year period preceding this agreement, had one or more public contracts (Federal, State or local) terminated fo
cause or default. A copy of the Appendix is attached for your reference.

Your contract # ____________ was terminated by NRCS on ___________. If you feel that the contract termination
was for a valid reason, you may send your explanation in writing to the State Conservationist. Describe the timing an
nature of events that contributed to the termination, and/or any actions you took to prevent the termination. Your
request should be sent within 30 days of receipt of this letter.

Send your request to: Carrie Mosley, State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS, 220 Davidson Avenue 4th Floor, Somers
NJ 08873.
                                      Application 742B2913




                                                                        NO




s to certify that they have not had any public contract terminated for
, the applicant cannot certify because the reason for contract termination
om submitting an application to this statement, thus they are ineligible for
, or otherwise out of their control for another valid reason, they may send
d Other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions (7

knowledge and belief, that the Participant and his or her principals:

his agreement had one or more public contracts (Federal, State or

ments set forth in paragraph 14D (1), the Participant shall attach an

                                                             Letter Dated


                                                                        NO




                                                                        NO

ovide this service. If so, application is a HIGH priority. If no TSP



                                                                        NO
Appendix to Form NRCS-CPA-1202 Conservation Program
am (EQIP) requires you to certify that you have not, within the
e or more public contracts (Federal, State or local) terminated for
d for your reference.

 RCS on ___________. If you feel that the contract termination
on in writing to the State Conservationist. Describe the timing and
and/or any actions you took to prevent the termination. Your
his letter.

ationist, USDA-NRCS, 220 Davidson Avenue 4th Floor, Somerset
                          2013 NJ EQIP Ranking for Organic                                                        742B2913 0
                                                                      Indicate if Certified or Transition:
                                                                                                                Total Score:       0
                              FY 2013 NOI National Ranking Criteria                                           (Y/N) Points Score
1. If the application is for development of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP), the agency will assign significant ranking priority and
conservation benefit by answering “Yes” to the following question. Answering “Yes” to question 1a will result in the application
being awarded the maximum amount of points that can be earned for the national priority category.
      1a. The program application to support the development of a TSP prepared
                                                                                                 250      0
      Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transitioning Plan (138)?
2. Clean and Abundant Water: Water Quality – Will the proposed project assist the producer to: 
      2a. Meet regulatory requirements relating to animal feeding operations, or proactively
                                                                                                 15       0
      avoid the need for regulatory measures?
      2b. Reduce sediment, nutrients or pesticides from agricultural operations located within
                                                                                                 15       0
      a field that adjoins a designated “impaired water body” (TMDL, 303d, etc.)?
      2c. Reduce sediment, nutrients or pesticides from agricultural operations located within
                                                                                                  5       0
      a field that adjoins a “non-impaired water body”?
3. Clean and Abundant Water: Water Conservation – Will the proposed project assist the producer implement 
conservation practices which:
      3a. Decrease aquifer overdraft.                                                            15       0
      3b. Conserve water with irrigation system improvements and saved water will be
                                                                                                 10       0
      available for other beneficial uses?
      3c. Conserve water in an area where the applicant participates in a geographically
                                                                                                  5       0
      established or watershed-wide project?
5. Soil Health:– Will the proposed project assist the producer to implement practice(s) which:  
      5a. Reduce erosion to tolerable limits (Soil “T”)?                                         15       0
      5b. Improve soil tilth, organic matter, structure, health, etc.?                            5       0
6. Healthy Plant and Animal Communities  Wildlife Habitat Conservation – Will the proposed project assist 
the producer to implement practice(s) which:
      6a. Benefit on-farm habitat associated with threatened and endangered, at-risk,
                                                                                                 15       0
      candidate, or species of concern as identified in a State wildlife plan?
      6b. Help retain wildlife and plant habitat on land exiting the Conservation Reserve
                                                                                                 10       0
      Program (CRP)?
7. High Quality, Productive Soils, Healthy Plant and Animal Communities: Will the proposed project assist
the producer implement practices which:
      7a. Help manage or control noxious or invasive species on non-cropland?                    10       0
       7b. Increase, or improve habitat to benefit pollinator or other targeted wildlife species?                        10        0
      7c. Properly dispose of livestock carcasses?                                                      5                          0
      7d. Are identified in an Integrated Pest Management plan?                                        10                          0
      7e.Are identified in a Nutrient Management plan?                                                 10                          0
      7f. Apply principles of adaptive nutrient management?                                             5                          0
9. Business Lines – Conservation Implementation Considerations - Will the proposed project result in:  
      9a. Implementation of all conservation practices scheduled in the contract on the CPA-
                                                                                                       10                          0
      1155 within three years of date of obligation?
      9b. Improvement of existing conservation practices or conservation systems already in
                                                                                                        5                          0
      place at the time the application is accepted?
      9c. Implementation of practice(s) which will complete an existing conservation system
                                                                                                        5                          0
      or suite of practices?
                                                                                        Total Points: 180                          0
                          2013 NJ EQIP Ranking for Organic                                           742B2913 0
                                                             Indicate if Certified or Transition:
                               2013 NOI State Level Ranking Criteria                              (Y/N) Points Score
1. If the application is for the development of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP), the agency will assign significant ranking priority
and conservation benefit by answering “Yes” to the following question. Answering “Yes” to question 1a will result in the application
being awarded the maximum amount of points that can be earned for the state level questions.
     1a. The program application to support the development of a TSP prepared
                                                                                                                        400        0
     Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transitioning Plan (138)?
2. Soil Quality: Answer all questions that apply for a maximum of 45 points.
  2a. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of two or more soil quality or
  enhancing practices that address soil tilth, crusting, water infiltration, organic matter                              45        0
  compaction, etc.?
  2b. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of one soil quality or
  enhancing practice that addresses soil tilth, crusting, water infiltration, organic matter,                            25        0
  compaction, etc.?
3. Soil Erosion: Maximum of 45 points
  3a. Does the EQIP Schedule of Operations include practices that will result in reduction
                                                                                                                         45        0
  of erosion?
4. Water Quality: Answer all that apply for a maximum of 110 points
  4a. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes 595 Integrated Pest Management?                                               45        0
  4b. EQIP Schedule of operations includes implementation of practices for the
                                                                                                                         20        0
  management of noxious and invasive species ONLY on “non-cropland” acreage?
  4c. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of practice 590 Nutrient
                                                                                                                         45        0
  management for management of soil fertility, plant nutrients, and soil amendments?
5.  Plant Condition: Answer all that apply for a maximum of 90 points
  5a. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes practices that will result in creation of buffer
                                                                                                                         30        0
  zones that will mitigate offsite contaminates from entering farm?
  5b. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes practices with the intent of increasing habitat
                                                                                                                         30        0
  for pollinators and/or beneficial insects?
  5c. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes practice(s) that support Integrated Pest
                                                                                                                         30        0
  Management?
6. Water Conservation: Answer all that apply for a maximum of 50 points
  6a. Practices scheduled in the EQIP Schedule of Operations will improve the efficiency of
                                                                                                                         25        0
  an existing irrigation system?
  6b. EQIP Schedule of Operations will include practices that will improve irrigation water
                                                                                                                         25        0
  management and/or conserve soil moisture?
7. Domestic Animals: Answer all that apply for a maximum of 60 points
  7a. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of practice 528 Prescribed
  Grazing AND/OR 512 Pasture & Hayland Planting for management of plant species,                                         30        0
  livestock, residues, feed, and other identified resource needs?
     7b. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of practices that limit and
                                                                                                                         20        0
     manage domestic livestock access to streams, creeks, and other natural water bodies?
     7c. EQIP Schedule of Operations includes implementation of practices to assure
     adequate domestic livestock drinking water sources (not to include streams) are available                           10        0
     in the treatment unit?
                                                                                          Total Points:                 400        0
                          2013 NJ EQIP Ranking for Organic                                                        742B2913 0
                                                                      Indicate if Certified or Transition:

                              2013 NOI Local Level Ranking Criteria                                           (Y/N) Points Score
1. If the application is for the development of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP), the agency will assign significant ranking priority
and conservation benefit by answering “Yes” to the following question. Answering “Yes” to question 1a will result in the application
being awarded the maximum amount of points that can be earned for the local level questions.

   1a. The program application to support the development of a TSP prepared Conservation
                                                                                                                       250        0
   Plan Supporting Organic Transitioning Plan (138)?
2. Water Quality: Answer BOTH 2a and 2b, as appropriate
 2a. The land under contract is located in a watershed impaired by a pollutant that may have
                                                                                                                        75        0
 an agricultural origin as determined by NJDEP.
 2b. The contracted practices will reduce the sediment or nutrient loading directly to impaired
                                                                                                                        40        0
 water bodies.
3. Geographic significance: Answer as appropriate
 3. The land under contract is located in: NJ Highlands Region (designated Planning Area or
 Preservation Area); or NJ Pinelands Preservation Area, Agricultural Production Area, or
                                                                                                                        60        0
 Special Agricultural Production Area; or, for forestry operations only, the NJ Pinelands
 Forest Area.
4. Permanence of land use: Answer EITHER 4a or 4b, but not both:
 4a. The entire land area under contract is permanently deed restricted for agriculture
                                                                                                                        75        0
 through the NJ Farmland Preservation Program or any other state/local/private program.

 4b. A part of the land under contract is permanently deed restricted for agriculture through
                                                                                                                        45        0
 the NJ Farmland Preservation Program or any other state/local/private program.

                                                                                                 STATE SCORE:          250        0

				
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