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2013 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 FY2013 EQIP Funding in Montana
Initiative Application Cutoff Area
FY 2014 General Sign-up June 1, 2013 Statewide
America's Great Outdoors April 19, 2013 Blackfoot Watershed in northern Powell County, the North Fork area of the Flathead River, and the foothills of the Swan Mountain Range in Flathead County.
Working Lands for Wildlife April 19, 2013 Sage-grouse core areas in Blaine, Phillips, Fergus, and Petroleum counties.
National Water Quality Initiative April 19, 2013 Pipestone watershed in Jefferson County.

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

Local work groups (LWG) support the locally led conservation effort by coordinating USDA programs with other federal, state, tribal, and local conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

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.


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