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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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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. Applications for EQIP can be submitted to NRCS at any time. Dates are set periodically to rank applications for available funding.

For additional information on Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) please visit the following links.

Applying for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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: Agricultural producers and owners 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. Applicants must control or own eligible land, comply with adjusted gross income limitation provisions, be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements, and develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. To apply for EQIP, contact your local service center.

EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias. (Note: Statutory requirements, such as priority for veteran farmers or ranchers, are allowed preference.)

NRCS North Dakota Announces Funding Opportunities in Fiscal Year 2022 

ND Fiscal Year 2023 EQIP Practice List (PDF; 233KB)

ND Fiscal Year 2023 EQIP General Guidance (PDF; 601KB)


(October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Financial Assistance and Stewardship Farm Bill Programs operate under a continuous sign-up; therefore, applications are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year and cutoff dates are scheduled to allow for ranking, prioritizing, and selection of applications for funding.  The FY 2023 EQIP Program cutoff date (batching) for FY 2023 EQIP applications is September 23, 2022. Applications on file by close of business (COB) will be considered for funding under the FY 2023 allocation for the following funding pools:

  • All LWG’s (See LWG Map PDF below)
  • Organic
  • Energy
  • Conservation Planning Activities
  • Beginning Farmer
  • Socially Disadvantaged
  • Wildlife
  • Forestry
  • Irrigation
  • High Tunnel Systems

North Dakota Local Work Group (LWG) subaccounts for FY 2023 will be as follows: NE Zone, NW Zone, SE Zone, SW Zone and Tribal, cropland and grassland categories within each subaccount except Tribal.




National and State Priorities

The following national priorities, consistent with statutory resources concerns 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 operations
  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

In addition, North Dakota has identified the following priorities:

  • Grasslands Health
  • Soil Health
  • Water Quality and Quantity
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement

Get Started Today for 2023 Funding

Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit

NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract. Download the NRCS Conservation Program Application here (PDF; 967 KB)

EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.   

North Dakota Program Contact

Jarvis R. Keney
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (701) 530.2005