Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill that promotes agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible national goals while optimizing environmental benefits.  Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to install and/or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land to address their natural resource concerns.

 EQIP Program in South Dakota


Application Deadline

EQIP applications are accepted throughout the year at your local USDA Service Center.

Upcoming EQIP batching dates: November 21, 2014

Applicant Eligibility

In order to be eligible for EQIP, the applicant and the land must be determined eligible.  If the applicant fails to meet eligibility requirements by the cut-off date for current funding consideration in the current fiscal year, the application will be determined “Ineligible”.

  • An agricultural producer (individual, legal entity, or joint operation) engaged in livestock or agricultural production, including forestry or an owner.

                - Own or rent the land in the farming operation.
                - Must be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions.
                - Be within payment limitations.
                - Be in compliance with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).

 Land Eligibility

  • Agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land and other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and resource concerns may be addressed.
  • Must be privately owned or publically owned and under the applicant’s control for the contract period and part of participant’s operating unit. 
  • Must be able to provide proof of control of the land for the proposed contract period.

                - Deed or other evidence of land ownership
                - Lease
                - Written authorization from the landowner showing control of the land for the life of the contract.

  • Written concurrence from the landowner or owners that specifically grant the applicant permission to install, operate, and maintain the practice(s) for the lifespan.

Program Contact

Jennifer Wurtz, Resource Conservationist, 605-352-1225
Jeff VanderWilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 605-352-1226