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EQIP Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility for EQIP

To be eligible to participate in EQIP, an applicant must:

  • be an individual, legal entity, or joint operation
  • have signature authority if applicant is an entity or joint operation
  • be an agricultural producer that is engaged in livestock or agricultural production, including forestry, or be an owner of agricultural lands, non-industrial private forestlands, or other lands on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and natural  resource concerns can be addressed
  • have control of the land for the life of the proposed contract
  • if structural practices will be installed on land that is not owned by the applicant, the applicant must have written concurrence from the landowner
  • be in compliance with the highly erodible land (HEL) and wetland conservation (Swampbuster) compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act
  • adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements to be determined by the new Farm Bill
  • be within the payment limitations of the program

Land Eligibility for EQIP

Eligible land includes agricultural and non-industrial private forest land, and other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and resource concerns may be addressed.

"Agricultural land" means:
  • Cropland
  • Rangeland
  • Grassland
  • Pasture land
  • Other agricultural lands including incidental areas included in the agricultural operation
  • Non-industrial private forest land
Land is eligible for enrollment if the following criteria are met:
  • Agricultural or non-industrial private forest land
  • Privately owned, publicly owned, or Indian land
  • The applicant has control of the land for the length of the proposed contract through deed, lease, or other written authorization
  • If the applicant does not own the land, the landowner must give written consent to install, operate, and maintain the practice through the lifespan of the practice.
  • Irrigated lands must have an irrigation history 2 of the last 5 years prior to application
Land in other Conservation Programs

EQIP cannot provide financial assistance for the same practice enrolled on the same land as any other USDA conservation program.


Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653

Erik Beardsley, Program Specialist
Phone: 530-792-5649