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Colorado Landowners Encouraged to Apply for FY2014 EQIP and WHIP Funding

Application Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2014

Click here to listen to the BARN Online interview with Sarah Brooks, NRCS Programs Manager, as she discusses the EQIP, WHIP, and the CSP programs.

EQIP WHIP DeadlineContact: Katherine Burse-Johnson
Public Affairs Specialist
Office Number: 720-544-2863
Fax Number: 720-544-2965

Denver – The Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from landowners interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on farmland and wetland areas through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).  Deadline for applications is Friday, January 17, 2014 to be considered for FY2014 funding.

Submitted eligible applications that are received after January 17 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.

“We accept applications for these programs on a continuous basis, however only the applications received by January 17 will be considered for funding this fiscal year,”said Phyllis Ann Philipps, Colorado NRCS State Conservationist, Denver.

NRCS may also provide technical and financial assistance to landowners under its national and landscape conservation initiatives.

Conservation planning services through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such as a plan for management of nutrients or to address an air quality concern. With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives.  Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement. 

WHIP is a voluntary program for people who want to establish and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands.

Applications can be taken at all Colorado NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. To locate an office near you, please click on this link: Service Center Locator. Applications MUST be received in your local NRCS Service Center by close of business on Friday, January 17, 2014

For additional information on EQIP or WHIP, please contact Sarah Brooks, Program Manager, at 720-544-2821, or email her at  You can also visit our website at