Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Wisconsin

Sign up by Oct. 3, 2014 for funding in 2015

Applications for EQIP can be submitted to NRCS at any time.  Dates are set periodically to rank applications for available funding.  

Young Forest Initiative - Oct. 3

Golden Winged Warbler

Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership

EQIP Cover Crops

Rye, clover cover crop

Edge of Field Monitoring




NRCS has established edge-of-field water quality
monitoring activity standards to:

  • Evaluate conservation system performance
  • Validate and calibrate models
  • Evaluate adaptive management techniques. 

Financial assistance is available through EQIP to install water quality monitoring equipment, collect and evaluate data, and install conservation practices in the monitoring area.  Agricultural producers wishing to apply need to submit an EQIP application to their local NRCS office by July 18.



















Applying for EQIP

EQIP Overview and National and Wisconsin Policies

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  

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

Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

Special Honey Bee Conservation -



For More Information

Environmental Quality Inventive Program: Photo of NRCS District Conservationist and farmer.

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