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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Applications for EQIP can be submitted to NRCS at any time.  Dates are set periodically to rank applications for available funding.  Apply by June 10, 2016 for FY2016 funding. 

Honey Bee Practices - Sign up by March 4, for 2016 funding

Honey bee sunflower

Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership  - Sign up by June 10 for 2016 funding

Golden Winged Warbler

EQIP Cover Crops - Sign up by June 10 for 2016 funding

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  

Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project - Apply by June 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an effort to boost monarch populations through the Southern Plains and Upper Midwest. Through EQIP, NRCS Wisconsin will assist the effort by working with partners and clients to increase monarch habitat on private lands.

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:  Judy Derricks

Energy Initiative

High Tunnel System Sign up by October 2 for 2016 funding


EQIP Overview and National and Wisconsin Policies

For More Information

If you need more information about EQIP, please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, or your local land conservation department. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias (Note: Statutory requirements, such as priority for veteran farmers or ranchers, are allowed preferences.) Please note starting a practice prior to written contract approval will result in the ineligibility of that practice for EQIP assistance unless a waiver has been approved.

State EQIP Contact: Ryan Gerlich, 608-662-4422 x 227