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Mississippi EQIP Program

NRCS uses EQIP to help producers improve their operations while helping the environment, too.

EQIP provides cost sharing to help farmers with manure storage and conservation practices. Two EQIP sign-ups are currently underway: the statewide sign-up for waste storage facilities, and the county sign-ups for conservation practices. All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Mississippi. 

Farmers can apply for rate of compensation for many types of manure storage and conservation practices.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

EQIP was re-authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

EQIP provides participants with a unit of compensation for eligible conservation practices. Payments are made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as nutrient management, manure management, integrated pest management, and wildlife habitat management.

2014 Farm Bill Streamlines, consolidates conservation programs

The 2014 Farm Bill is streamlining key conservation programs while investing about $18.7 billion in conservation programs offered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service over the next five years.  The bill provides about $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2014 for NRCS-administered programs.

"The new Farm Bill continues to equip farmers, ranchers and forest landowners with the tools they need to address resource concerns while helping the environment." Mississippi State Conservationist, Kurt Readus said.  "NRCS is moving swiftly to get the consolidated and expanded programs implemented."

Current contracts enrolled in Farm Bill programs are not affected.

Key program changes include:

  • Financial assistance programs:  The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, will absorb the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and make similar practices available.  The Conservation Stewardship Program and Agricultural Management Assistance will be continued.

Please click Farm Bill for information and updates.

Some of these documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader

2015 EQIP Sign-Up Dates (PDF; 160KB)

2015 Conservation Program Application (Spanish) (PDF: 13KB)

Conservation Program Application (English) (PDF; 40KB)

FY 2014 Mississippi Overview

2014 Statewide EQIP Program Practice, Rates and Ranking Information

Conservation Program Application (PDF; 20KB)

FY 2014 National Water Quality Initiative- Mississippi (PDF; 198KB)

FY 2014 Required NWQI Screening Criteria Worksheet (PDF; 96KB)

2014  NWQI Sedimentation Practice List (PDF; 71KB)

Small Ruminant Fact Sheet (PDF; 328KB)

2014 EQIP Tornado Assistance Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 13KB)

2014 EQIP Tornado Assistance Payment Schedule (PDF; 344)

Visit the link below for information by county for all local work group meetings.

Local Work Group Meetings by County

Archived EQIP Program Practices, Rates and Ranking Information

Contact

Greg Brinson, Asst. State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (601) 965-5205 ext. 2111
Email: gregory.brinson@ms.usda.gov

Clarence Finley, Resource Conservationist
Phone: (601) 965-4339 ext. 2114
Email: clarence.finley@ms.usda.gov

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 2166.