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2012 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.

Application Process

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

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.

Application Cutoff Dates for FY2012 and FY2013 EQIP Funding in Montana
Initiative Application Cutoff
FY 2013 General Sign-up June 1, 2012
Seasonal High Tunnel

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  The application cut off for 2013 has not been announced.

On-Farm Energy

Program Eligibility

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

How EQIP Works in Montana

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Kris Berg at 406-587-6849.

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2012 EQIP Payment Rate Schedule (PDF; 843 KB)

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

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette