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WHIP Quick Facts

This page briefly describes basic information about the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).

  • Individuals, groups and entities who own or manage farmland or non-industrial forest land are eligible to apply. Publicly owned lands are not eligible.
  • Contracts can last from 2 to 10 years. In some cases, a 15 year contract may be used for critical habitat restoration.
  • There is a $50,000 annual payment limitation per participant.  There is no minimum acreage requirement to apply for WHIP, however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.
  • Beginning, socially disadvantaged, and limited-resource farmers may be eligible for higher payment rates. Click on the links to find out if you are eligible.
  • Participants will be reimbursed for the costs of installing conservation practices after the practices have been installed.
  • You may sign up for this program at any time through your local NRCS office. Applications are accepted all year, but are reviewed in a competitive ranking process when funding becomes available - usually once each year.