General EQIP Ranking - Fiscal Year 2014

NRCS funds Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications that do the most to improve the environment.  Funding selections also consider the land use and the location of the applicants’ property.  A ranking system gives points to each application.  NRCS assigns points by looking at how much the land treatments in the application will improve natural resources.  A local work group made up of conservationists, agricultural producers, and others working with natural resources in the community choose which natural resource problems are most important at the local level.  The local points make up 25% of the total points used for ranking.  The NRCS State Conservationist must approve local work group ranking points, the conservation practices selected to improve the natural resource problems, and the payment rates for conservation practices.  The national and State NRCS offices chose which natural resource problems are the most important for the other 75 points used for ranking.

NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round.  Periodically, usually once a year, NRCS announces an application deadline date to rank and select applications submitted for funding on or before the deadline date.  NRCS defers applications received after this date until the next funding cycle.

The following are ranking questions by category.

If you applied under Cropland:
Appalachian Plateau-Cropland
Erie-Huron Lake Plain-Cropland
Indiana-Ohio Till Plain-Cropland
Lake Erie Glaciated Plateau-Cropland

If you applied under Forestry:
Appalachian Plateau-Forestry
Erie-Huron Lake Plain-Forestry
Indiana-Ohio Till Plain-Forestry
Lake Erie Glaciated Plateau-Forestry

If you applied under Grazing Livestock:
Appalachian Plateau-Grazing
Erie-Huron Lake Plain-Grazing
Indiana-Ohio Till Plain-Grazing
Lake Erie Glaciated Plateau-Grazing

If you applied under Confined Livestock (see map):
Livestock East Zone Tier 1
Livestock East Zone Tier 2
Livestock West Zone Tier 1
Livestock West Zone Tier 2
Livestock Tier 3 (counties shown in white)

If you applied under Specialty Crops:
Specialty Crops

If you applied under Wildlife:

If you are a Historically Underserved applicant:
Beginning Farmer
Limited Resource Farmer
Socially Disadvantaged Farmer

2014 EQIP Area Map









2014 EQIP Livestock Area Map