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WHIP Quick Facts


With the enactment of the Agricultural Act (February 7, 2014) funding provided for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) in FY-2014 is no longer available for obligations. WHIP is not reauthorized.

NRCS will honor and continue to support fiscal year 2014 WHIP program contracts using the rules and policy that was in effect at the time of contract obligations.

Portions of the WHIP Statute were rolled into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Anyone still interested in applying for wildlife projects in programs should go to the EQIP web page.


This page briefly describes basic information about the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).

  • Individuals, groups and entities who own or manage farmland or non-industrial forest land are eligible to apply. Publicly owned lands are not eligible.

  • Contracts can last from 2 to 10 years. In some cases, a 15 year contract may be used for critical habitat restoration.

  • There is a $50,000 annual payment limitation per participant.

  • There is no minimum acreage requirement to apply for WHIP, however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.

  • Beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited-resource farmers may be eligible for higher payment rates. Click on the links to find out if you are eligible.

  • Participants will be reimbursed for the costs of installing conservation practices after the practices have been installed.

  • You may sign up for this program at any time through your local NRCS office. Applications are accepted all year, but are reviewed in a competitive ranking process when funding becomes available - usually once each year.

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