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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

From weather to pests or lack of time to market, each American farmer faces a unique set of challenges. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps agricultural producers confront those challenges – all while conserving natural resources like soil, water and air.

This voluntary conservation programs helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations. 

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.

How EQIP Works

To get started, NRCS first works with you to develop a conservation plan that meets your goals and vision for the land. This becomes a roadmap for conservation practices that best meet your needs. 

Financial assistance covers part of the costs from implementing conservation practices. NRCS offers about 200 practices geared towards working farms, ranches and forests that provide producers with many options for conservation. See a list of practices.  

The best way to learn if EQIP is a good fit for you is by contacting your local NRCS office. If you choose to participate, your local NRCS conservationist will guide you through applying for the program. 

Applications are ranked, and if yours is funded, NRCS will offer you an EQIP contract to receive financial assistance for the cost of implementing practices.  Payment rates for conservation practices are reviewed and set each fiscal year. More information on this process is available on our How Do I Apply webpage

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Cover Crops Forest stand Improvement Prescribed Grazing Web Irrigation

If you want to learn more about EQIP, contact your local NRCS office. Your NRCS conservationist will visit you and evaluate the natural resources on your land. NRCS will then present a variety of conservation practices or system alternatives to help you address those concerns or management goals to improve or protect the natural resource conditions on your land.

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Targeted EQIP financial assistance is available through general EQIP, and several other initiatives. These initiatives address priority natural resource concerns on the most vulnerable lands, target conservation assistance in high priority watersheds, or help stimulate the development and adoption of innovation and technology.

Florida Priorities

In Florida, the following priorities guide EQIP application selection:

  1. Water Quality Degradation
  2. Insufficient Water (Surface and Ground Water Quantities)
  3. Soil Health (Erosion & Quality)
  4. Plant and Animal Health (Degraded Plant Condition & Livestock Production Limitation)
  5. Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

Ranking Templates and Payment Schedules

Hurricane Recovery FY 2019

Florida EQIP FY 2018

Florida EQIP FY 2017

Florida EQIP FY 2016

Florida EQIP FY 2015

National EQIP website

Conservation Activity Plans - NRCS may also provide financial assistance to participants for conservation planning services through a Technical Service Provider.

Conservation Innovation Grants

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

EQIP fact sheet 

Spanish version EQIP fact sheet 


Program Contacts