Indigenous-Led Alliance Establishes TEK Approach to Conservation of Natural Resources through In-Situ Regenerative Agriculture and Amendment Application:of Biochar in Consort with Non-GMO Native Microbiota
ABSTRACT: The rapid rate of degradation of air, water, and soil quality is of major concern, especially for underserved and disproportionately affected tribal, minority, and low-income farmers and communities. Although considerable efforts have been put forth from a multitude of sources, these previously proposed solutions have fallen short for a variety of reasons.
The TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) Approach brings about innovative practices sourced from ancestral and indigenous ecological knowledge to produce a seemingly revolutionary solution. This approach utilizes biochar with a variety of native non-GMO microbes combined with indigenous traditional principles of regenerative agriculture to establish and enhance nmmediate conservation efforts of fundamental natural resources bandfulfill an obligation to establish and maintain a sustainable state for seven generations and beyond.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.
This voluntary conservation programs helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.
Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.
Some of these benefits include:
Conservation Incentive Contracts are an option under EQIP, with a focus on Climate-Smart Forestry and Agriculture and Drought Resilience management practices. EQIP-CIC provides financial assistance to adopt conservation activities on working landscapes.
In fiscal year 2022, Conservation Incentive Contracts are available to producers, nationwide. For more information, read the January 10, 2022 news release.
Through five to 10-year contracts, producers manage, maintain and address important natural resource concerns and build on existing conservation efforts.
Review the updated fact sheet for additional details.
The EQIP advance payment option limits out-of-pocket conservation costs for historically underserved producers. The option provides at least 50 percent of the contracted payment for each conservation practice up front, before the practice is implemented, to purchase materials or contract services. The advance payment must be expended within 90 days of receipt, and the practice completed as agreed to on the EQIP plan of operations.
Under the general EQIP payment process, a producer is reimbursed after a conservation practice is implemented. This process often means that producers must pay up front costs with their own funds, which can be cost prohibitive for many historically underserved producers.
Who is Eligible?
Historically Underserved Producers:
How It Works
All EQIP practices are eligible for advance payments, including vegetative, structural, and management practices. Producers can use the option for as many or as few practices as they choose and have the right to change their decision before they receive payment. Historically underserved producers are also eligible for a higher payment rate
The link above gives a list of the 47 issues the USDA and the NRCS are concerned about alleviating. The more issues the farmers addresses, the higher ranking they will get from the NRCS and increase likelihood of moving towards a contract for collecting money through 808. The USDA/NRCS has little idea about what all the carbon can be used for, so we will be leading the horse on this one. They simply see it as a way to bury carbon in the soil as an amendment. That's fine, but I counted 32 ways to address/solve issues on the list of 47 above. If the groups you are meeting with want to adopt 808, they could make a big impact by pressing the wide variety of solutions across a farm system and not just limit it to being a soil amendment.
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