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Introduction
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals.  Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.
 
Accepting Applications
EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications.  
 
EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.  The following document describes how to apply for Farm Bill programs or visit the following website: Get started with NRCS national page
 
To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted
 
To apply for EQIP contact your local service center
 
Eligibility
Agricultural producers and owners of 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.
 
Applicants Must:
  • Control or own eligible land
  • Comply with adjusted gross income imitation (AGI) provisions
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
  • Develop a NRCS EQIP plan of operations
Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.
 
Participant Responsibilities
Applicants are responsible for completing and filing all application and eligibility paperwork as required.  If funded, participants are required to sign a contract and agree to implement the planned conservation practices to NRCS standards and specifications as scheduled.
 
Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers, Military Veteran Farmers
The 2014 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. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services.
 
Enhancements include increased payment rates and advance payments of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.
 
Mississippi is committed to reaching out to Historically Underserved individuals and groups.  
 
Historically Underserved participants may also receive higher payment rates in addition to being considered in high priority funding pools.  See the Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page for the NRCS definition of the Historically Underserved.  
 
National and State Priorities
The following national priorities, consistent with statutory resources that include soil, water, wildlife, air quality, and related natural resource concerns, may be used in EQIP implementation:
  1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with total maximum daily loads (TMDL) where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and the reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operation
  2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land
  5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation including development and improvement of wildlife habitat
  6. Energy conservation to help save fuel, improve efficiency of water use, maintain production, and protect soil and water resources by more efficiently using fertilizers and pesticides and
  7. Biological carbon storage and sequestration
 
Fiscal Year 2019 EQIP Deadlines

Applications are being accepted for the Early Sign-Up for national initiatives through Friday, November 16, 2018.  The early sign-up only addresses the following national initiatives:

  1. National On-Farm Energy Initiative (NOFEI)
  2. Conservation Activity Plans (CAPS) – 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 118, 130, 132, 138, 142, 146, 154
  3. Seasonal High Tunnel

Applications received after November 16, 2018, will be accepted and evaluated for future funding for these national initiatives.

Applications are also being accepted for the General Conservation Program Financial Assistance.

Applications are also being accepted for the General Conservation Program Financial Assistance.  Applications for EQIP and all NRCS financial assistance programs are accepted on a continuous basis with specific sign-up deadlines being established to rank, contract and fund qualified tracts of land.  The deadline to sign up to be considered in the EQIP General Sign-Up is December 14, 2018.

To apply for EQIP, contact your local service center and complete the appropriate forms to get started with NRCS.

 
If you want to make improvements to the farmland or ranch that you own or lease, NRCS can offer certain financial assistance programs to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Learn how here.
 
Funding Pools and Ranking Documents
 
 
 
 
 
Visit the link below for information by county for all local work group meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
Contact:
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
601.965.5205  EXT 114