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 deadline for applications for general EQIP funding for 2015 was Oct. 3, 2014.
EQIP 2015 Application Screening Tool
All EQIP applications in Wisconsin will be prioritized using a screening tool. Applications will receive a high, medium, or low priority as of the application deadline. High priority applications will be ranked and funded first, followed by medium and low, as funding allows. (40 kb, docx)
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 officesoon to meet with your conservation planning professional and determine which practices could enhance your farming operation. State Organic Initiative Contact: Pat Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org