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 FY2014 EQIP Funding in Montana
Initiative Application Cutoff Area
FY 2014 General Sign-up June 1, 2013 Statewide
FY 2014 On-Farm Energy February 21, 2014 Statewide
FY 2014 Organic February 21, 2014 Statewide
FY 2014 Seasonal High Tunnel February 21, 2014 Statewide


If your business or organization plans to apply for conservation program or grant funding through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and you use an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also referred to as a Tax Identification Number (TIN), you will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Read the following for details:

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.

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.


Julie Malvitz, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Julie.Malvitz