Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
EQIP State and Local Priorities
The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource problems and opportunities on your farm, define your conservation objectives, and inventory your soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS farm bill programs or other Federal, State and local conservation programs may be available to help fund some of the conservation practices outlined in your plan.
Contracts will be awarded to producers with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted. Upon request by the applicant, applications that are not funded in the current fiscal year funding cycle can be retained for consideration in the next federal fiscal year (begins October, 2015).
EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. See your local NRCS office.
Application acceptance deadlines for FY 2015 EQIP sign-up:
- October 17, 2014
- November 21, 2014
- December 19, 2014
EQIP Documents below include all eligible conservation activity plans, conservation practices and program guidance for FY2014. (Currently, FY2015 Contracting Guidance Documents are not available.)
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National National Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Brenda Tonn, Program Specialist