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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Wisconsin

Applications for EQIP can be submitted to NRCS at any time.  Dates are set periodically to rank applications for available funding.  The application deadline for general EQIP funding for 2016 is October 2, 2015.

Honey Bee Practices - Sign up by October 2, for 2016 funding

Honey bee sunflower

Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership  - Sign up by October 2 for 2016 funding

Golden Winged Warbler

EQIP Cover Crops - Sign up by June 5, for 2015 funding

Rye, clover cover crop



















Applying for EQIP


Waste Storage/Alternative Waste Treatment Practices

Applications for the waste storage and alternative waste treatment practices are considered on an area-wide basis.   Details about the Waste Storage/Alternative Waste Treatment Practices Sign-up. 

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP)

The CNMP sign-up is done through local county signups, at all NRCS field offices.  Funds are for development of CNMPs for animal feeding operations.      Detailed information on CNMPs.


Special Initiative Opportunities  

Edge of Field Monitoring

Applications submitted to NRCS by July 17, 2015 from the Lower Duck Creek Watershed in Brown and Outagamie County will be considered for funding. Due to the unique requirements for edge of field monitoring equipment and procedures, prospective applicants that are working with partners specialized in this work will receive higher ranking priority. 

Landscape Initiatives

Organic Initiative   

Conservation practices for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production.  Some individual practices under this Organic Initiative have higher payments than regular EQIP, in recognition of the higher cost of organic seeds or fertilizers in an organic system.  All states offer Conservation Activity Planning for the Transition to Organic. The Transition plan provides a road map for future conservation cost-share activities to enhance organic agriculture on each farm. 

NRCS staff have had training to help organic farmers access this opportunity for financial assistance of up to $20,000 per year, and $80,000 total.  Cover crops and crop rotations, installing intensive grazing infrastructure (grazing plans, fencing, walkways, water lines), establishing wildlife and pollinator friendly habitat, and high tunnels are examples of potential practices available for funding under this program.

Contact your local NRCS office soon to meet with your conservation planning professional and determine which practices could enhance your farming operation.   State Organic Initiative Contact:   Pat Murphy

Energy Initiative

High Tunnel System Sign up by October 2 for 2016 funding


EQIP Overview and National and Wisconsin Policies

For More Information

If you need more information about EQIP, please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, or your local land conservation department.

State EQIP Contact:  Matt Otto, 608-662-4422 x 245