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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals.  Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

Accepting Applications

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications.  EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.  The following document describes how to apply for Farm Bill programs or visit the following website: Get started with NRCS national page

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit

To apply for EQIP contact your local service center


Agricultural producers and owners of 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.

Applicants must:

  • Control or own eligible land
  • Comply with adjusted gross income imitation (AGI) provisions
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
  • Develop a NRCS EQIP plan of operations

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

Participant Responsibilities

Applicants are responsible for completing and filing all application and eligibility paperwork as required.  If funded, participants are required to sign a contract and agree to implement the planned conservation practices to NRCS standards and specifications as scheduled.

Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers, Military Veteran Farmers

The 2014 Farm Bill continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers and Veteran Farmers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services.  Enhancements include increased payment rates and advance payments of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.

Mississippi is committed to reaching out to Historically Underserved individuals and groups.  Historically Underserved participants may also receive higher payment rates in addition to being considered in high priority funding pools.  See the Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page for the NRCS definition of the Historically Underserved.  

National and State Priorities

The following national priorities, consistent with statutory resources that include soil, water, wildlife, air quality, and related natural resource concerns, may be used in EQIP implementation:

  1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with total maximum daily loads (TMDL) where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and the reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations
  2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land
  5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation including development and improvement of wildlife habitat
  6. Energy conservation to help save fuel, improve efficiency of water use, maintain production, and protect soil and water resources by more efficiently using fertilizers and pesticides and
  7. Biological carbon storage and sequestration

Fiscal Year 2016 EQIP Deadlines

Applications submitted by January 15, 2016 (1st batching) and March 18, 2016 (2nd batching), will be evaluated to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2016.  Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.

To apply for EQIP, contact your local service center Get Started with NRCS - Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?  NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Learn how here.


Funding Pools and Ranking Documents 

2016 Statewide EQIP Program Practice, Rates and Ranking Information

Please click Farm Bill for information and updates.

Some of these documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader

2016 EQIP Sign-Up Dates (PDF; 15KB)

2016 Conservation Program Application (English) (PDF; 40KB)


FY 2016 Mississippi Overview

Small Ruminant Fact Sheet (PDF; 328KB)

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

2016 Local Work Group Meetings by County (PDF; 75KB)

Archived EQIP Program Practices, Rates and Ranking Information


Clarence Finley, Asst. State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (601) 965-5205 ext. 111

(Vacant), Resource Conservationist
Phone: (601) 965-5205 ext. 114

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 166.