EQIP General Program Description
Oklahoma EQIP Program Description
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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a
voluntary conservation program from the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes
agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as
compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive
financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural and
management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP was
reauthorized in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). The
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP. Funding for EQIP
comes from the Commodity Credit Corporation.
EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year
after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of 10
years. EQIP activities are carried out according to a conservation plan of
operations developed with the program participants. Contracts with confined
animal feeding operations (CAFO) are required to develop and implement a
comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP). The conservation practices must
be installed in accordance with Oklahoma NRCS standards and specifications.
Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified third-party provider for
technical assistance, if available.
The EQIP program signup is open and continuous. Sign-up is
conducted at the local USDA Service Centers. Applications are evaluated
continuously and reviewed periodically to select high priority applications for
contract development depending on fund availability. NRCS offices establish
application evaluation periods locally and cut off dates each year when funds
must be obligated. Rankings within all of these areas consider cost-effective
practices, use of practices that treat multiple resource concerns, and
environmental benefits. Practice payment rates have been set based upon
recommendations from the Local Work Group and the Oklahoma State Technical
EQIP payments are limited in aggregate to $300,000/person or legal entity
during any 6-year period.
Producers engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible
land may apply for the program. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland;
pastureland; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands,
as determined by the Secretary.
EQIP Fact Sheet (PDF; 43 KB)
Email: Kenneth Hitch
For additional information and assistance, contact your local
NRCS Field Service Center.