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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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INTRODUCTION

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.

ELIGIBILITY

Owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern on the land may participate in EQIP.

SIGN-UP

Application sign-up is an ongoing process and can be done online at USDA Service Center eForms Web Site.
Follow the instructions and information as you enter this site.

If you are unable to submit your application online you can fill out the form, print, sign and mail, fax or hand deliver to your local USDA NRCS Service Center.

Ranking periods are identified and all applications that have been received prior to the ranking period cut-off will be ranked against each other. Applications received after the cut-off date will be held for ranking during the next ranking period.

How to Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.

NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract.

EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.

More Information

EQIP Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.6MB)

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted

Detailed EQIP Information

To see more detailed program information about EQIP, visit the EQIP program homepage.

There are several National EQIP Initiatives available: Air Quality, On-Farm Energy, Organic and Seasonal High Tunnel.

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