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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 EQIP set for December 19, 2014
*NEW! FY 2015 Application Cutoff Dates:
a. 1st Application Cutoff Date – December 19, 2014
b. 2nd Application Cutoff Date – January 16, 2015
c. 3rd Application Cutoff Date – February 20, 2015
d. 4th Application Cutoff Date- March 20, 2015
e. 5th Application Cutoff Date - April 17, 2015
f. 6th Application Cutoff Date - May 15, 2015
2014 Delaware Environmental Quality Incentives Program Information (under construction)
*NEW! 2015 EQIP Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Information
- FY 2015 CAPs Offered in DE (coming soon)
- FY 2015 CAP Payment Rates for DE (coming soon)
*NEW! 2015 EQIP Payment Schedule (coming soon)
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
What's New in EQIP?
- The former Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program was folded into EQIP
- Advance payment opportunities now exist for veteran agricultural producers
- Advance payments for socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and veterans were raised from 30 percent to 50 percent
- Payment limitations are set at $450,000 with no ability to waive
Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
Socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.
- Control or own eligible land
- Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
- Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations
Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.
How to Apply
Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.
NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract.
EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.
Download NRCS conservation program application (PDF, 267KB)
EQIP Fact Sheet (PDF, 1MB)
To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted
Detailed EQIP Information
To see more detailed program information about EQIP, visit the EQIP program homepage.
There are several National EQIP Initiatives available: Air Quality, On-Farm Energy, Organic and Seasonal High Tunnel.
State Resource Priorities and Management Systems:
- 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
- Conservation of ground and surface water resources
- Irrigation Water Management Systems - Water conservation
- 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
- Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from erodible land.
- Erosion Control Systems - Sediments
- Promotion of at-risk species habitat recovery
- Biodiversity Management Systems - Habitat recovery