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Idaho State EQIP - 2012

General Description

Field discussion with Warren Weihing

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), re-authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. The program supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals.  Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

Incentive payments may be made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as nutrient management, manure management, pasture management and wildlife habitat management.  Incentive payments are limited to three years in order to encourage land owners to adopt better management.

NRCS accepts applications for EQIP all year, with one or more ranking periods set annually.  The fiscal year 2011 application and ranking periods have not been determined.  Sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers

New Program! - This is the second year that Idaho has been selected as a pilot state to offer financial assistance through EQIP to develop Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Conservation Activity Plans (CAP).  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all oil product storage facilities which contain 10,000 gallons or more must have a SPCC plan developed by a registered Professional Engineer (PE).  Financial assistance of up to $2,592 is available for the development of qualified SPCC CAPs.  Sign-up for this program are ongoing.  To be considered for this year's funding, applications must be received no later than November 16, 2012.  Visit your local USDA Service Center for more information.  Financial assistance for the construction of SPCC containment facilities is also available to producers who have an approved SPCC design at the time of the sign-up.  The design must have been prepared by a licensed Professional Engineer.

2012 State Specific Information on Ranking and Payment Schedules

Archived Information From Past Years:

For National EQIP Fact Sheet, go here.


Idaho EQIP Contacts

Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property. 

Idaho EQIP Program Manager: 
Ron Brooks
Phone: (208) 378-5724