2013 Land Eligibility for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Eligible land includes agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land, and other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and resource concerns may be addressed.
'Agricultural land' means
Other agricultural lands including incidental areas included in the agricultural operation
Nonindustrial private forest land
Land is eligible for enrollment if the following criteria are met
Agricultural or nonindustrial private forest land
Privately owned, publicly owned, or Indian land
The applicant has control of the land for the length of the proposed contract through deed, lease, or other written authorization
If the applicant does not own the land, the landowner must give written consent to install, operate, and maintain the practice through the lifespan of the practice.
Irrigated lands must have an irrigation history 2 of the last 5 years prior to application
Land in other Conservation Programs
EQIP can not pay for the same practice enrolled on the same land as any other USDA conservation program.
Land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is only eligible in the last year of the contract and no practices may be installed until after the CRP or CREP contract has expired.