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Lambs Find Their High Tunnel Through EQIP

Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Utah


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is NRCS’ flagship conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands.

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement conservation practices that improve the quality of the water, air, soil, and wildlife habitat while optimizing agricultural operations. 


EQIP in Utah

Utah will be using the ACT Now process as outline in the Conservation Programs Manual 530.37 for selected fund pools. ACT Now allows NRCS to immediately approve and obligate a ranked application in a designated ranking pool when an eligible application meets or exceeds a State determined minimum ranking score without waiting until the NRCS field office ranks all applications in the ranking pool.

The following pools will use the ACT Now process in FY 2023:

  • Price San Raphael Salinity Area — ACT Now funding level will be $$882,240. The ranking threshold for obligation will be a Workload Prioritization of High.
  • Spanish Fork Irrigation SFP — ACT Now funding level will be $350,000. The ranking threshold for obligation will be a ranking of 75 points.
  • Wayne County Irrigation SFP — Act Now Funding level will be $500,000. The ranking threshold for obligation will be a ranking of 25 points.  

Deadlines for EQIP Initiative fund pools are: 

  • June 30, 2023 Application Deadline for Batch 3 


National Priorities 

State Priorities 

  • Livestock Production Limitation 
  • Field Sediment, nutrient, and pathogen loss
  • Source Water Depletion 
  • Soil Quality Limitation 
  • Terrestrial Habitat 
  • Fire Management 
  • Storage and Handling of Pollutants

Ranking Criteria

Utah Payment Schedules -- coming soon 

Urban Agriculture

Urban farms empower people to solve food access issues in their community by providing locally grown fruits and vegetables. Agricultural producers of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. Learn more about assistance available to urban agricultural producers.

Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, Limited Resource, and Military Veteran Farmers and Ranchers 

The 2018 Farm Bill continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers and Veteran farmers and ranchers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. Enhancements include higher payment rates and advance payments. Utah is committed to reaching out to these historically underserved individuals and groups. See the Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page for more information.


Davie Stokes 
Program Manager (EQIP,  AMA) 
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service 
340 North 600 East 
Richfield, UT 84701 
(435) 609-9187 

Additional Information

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How to Get Assistance

Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?

Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.

how to get started

To get started with NRCS, we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office. We’ll discuss your vision for your land.

NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.

We’ll walk you through the application process. To get started on applying for financial assistance, we’ll work with you:

  • To fill out an AD 1026, which ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed. It also ensures that identified wetland areas are protected.
  • To meet other eligibility certifications.

Once complete, we’ll work with you on the application, or CPA 1200.

Applications for most programs are accepted on a continuous basis, but they’re considered for funding in different ranking periods. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the ranking period to ensure you turn in your application in time.

As part of the application process, we’ll check to see if you are eligible. To do this, you’ll need to bring:

  • An official tax ID (Social Security number or an employer ID)
  • A property deed or lease agreement to show you have control of the property; and
  • A farm tract number.

If you don’t have a farm tract number, you can get one from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Typically, the local FSA office is located in the same building as the local NRCS office. You only need a farm tract number if you’re interested in financial assistance.

NRCS will take a look at the applications and rank them according to local resource concerns, the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants.

If you’re selected, you can choose whether to sign the contract for the work to be done.

Once you sign the contract, you’ll be provided standards and specifications for completing the practice or practices, and then you will have a specified amount of time to implement. Once the work is implemented and inspected, you’ll be paid the rate of compensation for the work if it meets NRCS standards and specifications.