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2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The purposes of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; optimize environmental benefits; and help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations. 

Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest land owners who face threats to soil, water, and air quality; wildlife habitat; surface and groundwater conservation; energy conservation; and related natural resources on their land.

Program Eligibility

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is open to agricultural producers engaged in livestock production, including forestry, or owners of agricultural lands, nonindustrial private forest lands, or other lands on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and natural resource concerns may be addressed.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Cutoff dates will be established to allow for ranking, prioritization, and selection of applications for funding.

The deadline for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 EQIP applications is August 1, 2009.  Applications received after this date will be considered for funding in 2011.

The application deadline for 2011 funding is June 1, 2010.

Applications will be accepted for the 2010 Fuel Break Initiative through July 9, 2010.  Applications received after this deadline will be considered for funding in 2011.

2010 Organic Initiative sign-up closed March 12, 2010
2010 Sage Grouse Initiative sign-up closed April 23, 2010.

Eligible applicants may apply for EQIP by completing an application, form NRCS-CPA-1200 and appendix at any USDA Service Center by phone, email, fax, or letter.

How EQIP Works in Montana

Recent EQIP Activities in Montana

Prior-Year EQIP (Archives)

For More Information

For more information and updates about EQIP, please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site, the national NRCS EQIP Web site, or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.


Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6849
Email: Kris.Berg

Carrie Mosley, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6967
Email: Carrie.Mosley