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WHIP - Your Responsibilities


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.


Below is a brief outline of what you will be responsible for when you sign a WHIP contract.

To read more, please download the WHIP application (CCC-1200) and read the appendix. You can download and read the application and appendix by visiting the WHIP application materials & documents page.

By signing a WHIP contract, you agree to:

  • start a financially assisted practice within the first 12 months of the contract period.

  • install the planned conservation practices according to a schedule defined in your contract.

  • install the planned conservation practices according to NRCS design standards.

  • operate and maintain these practices or activities for their intended purposes and life span of the practice as identified in your contract.

  • obtain written approval before starting to install a conservation practice that is part of your contract.

  • comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and all applicable federal, state, tribal and local laws.


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