Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Staff Contact: Tim Garrahan, Farm Bill Specialist
Phone: (302) 678-4260
FAX: (302) 678-0843

Delaware State EQIP Program Information

*NEW! Next batch date for 2014 EQIP set for December 20, 2013

*NEW! 2014 Application Cutoff Dates:

a.  1st Application Cutoff Date – December 20, 2013

b.  2nd Application Cutoff Date – January 17, 2014

c.   3rd Application Cutoff Date – February 21, 2014

d.  4th Application Cutoff Date- March 21, 2014

e.  5th Application Cutoff Date - April 18, 2014

f.  6th Application Cutoff Date - May 16, 2014

 2014 Delaware Environmental Quality Incentives Program Information (under construction)

 *NEW! 2014 EQIP Application (1200) and Appendix

 *NEW! 2014 EQIP Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Information

        - FY 2014 CAPs Offered in DE

        - FY 2014 CAP Payment Rates for DE

 *NEW! 2014 EQIP Payment Schedule

Background /Implementation

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to help eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years. These contracts provide payments to implement conservation practices. Landowners and operators who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities are carried out according to an environmental quality incentives program plan of operations. The plan is developed in conjunction with the producer and identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the resource concerns. All EQIP conservation practices are subject to NRCS technical standards in the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) that are adapted to Delaware conditions. The County Conservation District approves the plan.

EQIP provides payments for certain conservation practices and activities. However certain historically underserved producers (Limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers) may be eligible for larger payments. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) for technical assistance needed for certain eligible activities and services. The new Farm Bill established a new payment limitation for individuals or legal entity participants who may not receive, directly or indirectly, payments that, in the aggregate, exceed $300,000 for all program contracts entered during any six year period. Projects determined as having special environmental significance may, with approval of the NRCS Chief, have the payment limitation raised to a maximum of $450,000.

EQIP applications are accepted throughout the year at Delaware USDA Service Centers.

Adobe Acrobat Document2008 Farm Bill - EQIP Brochure

State Resource Priorities and Management Systems:

  1. Reduction of non-point source pollutants including nutrients, sediment, and pesticides in impaired watersheds consistent with TMDL’s as well as the reduction of groundwater contamination.
  • Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
  • Integrated Crop Management Systems - Nutrients, Pesticides
  • Planned Grazing Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
  1. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
  • Irrigation Water Management Systems - Water conservation
  1. Reduction of emissions such as particulate matter and volatile organic compounds that contribute to air quality impairment.
  • Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Volatile organic compounds
  • Poultry House Windbreak Management Systems - Particulate matter
  1. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from erodible land.
  • Erosion Control Systems - Sediments
  1. Promotion of at-risk species habitat recovery
  • Biodiversity Management Systems - Habitat recovery

Archive of Delaware's Environmental Quality Incentives Program