Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EQIP provides cost sharing to help farmers with manure storage and conservation practices. Two EQIP sign-ups are currently underway: the statewide sign-up for waste storage facilities, and the county sign-ups for conservation practices. All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Mississippi.
Farmers can apply for rate of compensation for many types of manure storage and conservation practices.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.
EQIP was re-authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
EQIP provides participants with a unit of compensation for eligible conservation practices. Payments are made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as nutrient management, manure management, integrated pest management, and wildlife habitat management.
Conservation Program Application (PDF; 39KB)
2013 Mississippi Programs
2013 Gulf of Mexico Initiative (62KB; PDF)
2013 Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) (56KB, PDF)
2013 Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI) (48KB; PDF)
2013 Specialty Crop Initiative for Mississippi (56KB; PDF)
2013 Livestock Initiative for Mississippi (47KB; PDF)
2013 Livestock Initiative Conservation Practices Eligible for Payment (35KB; PDF)
Program Ranking Sheets
Longleaf Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 11KB)
GoMI MS Gulf of Mexico Initiative Ranking Sheet PDF; 11KB)
Mississippi River Basin Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 92KB)
On-Farm Energy Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 14KB)
Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative Ranking Sheet PDF; 10KB)
Gopher Tortoise WLFW Ranking Sheet PDF; 10KB)
2013 Organic Programs
2013 State Guidance for the Organic Initiative (58:PDF)
2013 National Organic Initiative Guidelines and Practices(58KB; PDF)
Organic Transition Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 12KB)
Certified Organic Initiative Ranking Sheet (PDF; 12KB)
2013 On Farm Energy
2013 National On Farm Energy Initiative Guidelines and Practices (107KB; PDF)
2013 Conservation Planning Poster
Archived EQIP Program Practices, Rates and Ranking Information
Kurt Readus, Asst. State Conservation (Programs)
Phone: (601) 965-5205 ext. 2111
Clarence Finley, Resource Conservationist
Phone: (601) 965-4339 ext. 2114
If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 2166.