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:
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.