Environmental Quality Incentives Program
General EQIP Description
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program which offers farmers and ranchers a tool to address their natural resource concerns while achieving the most environmental benefits through locally developed priority areas and natural resource concerns.
Eligibility for the program is limited to persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production. EQIP provides practice payment incentives to encourage producers to implement structural, vegetative, and management practices.
In 2012, North Dakota agricultural producers communicated their willingness to conserve natural resources on their private working lands. Over 3,500 producers requested technical and financial assistance from NRCS to complete conservation practices on their lands. North Dakota was allocated over $16 million to assist agricultural producers in achieving their conservation goals on 400 thousand acres of private land. All told, nearly 1,100 applicants were successful in securing funding.
EQIP applications for fiscal year 2013 funding consideration are available at USDA-NRCS Service Centers in North Dakota.
Jennifer C. Heglund
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)