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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 deadline for applications for general EQIP funding for 2015 was Oct. 3, 2014.

Honey Bee Practices - Sign up by Dec. 19 for 2015 funding

Honey bee sunflower

Young Forest Initiative - Oct. 3, 2014

Golden Winged Warbler

Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership

EQIP Cover Crops

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  

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


EQIP Overview and National and Wisconsin Policies

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