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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Oregon

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

EQIP Application deadlines in Oregon for 2018:

Nov. 17, 2017

March 16, 2018

May 18, 2018*

*deadline extended only for the Greater La Pine Basin Cohesive Strategy Project in Deschutes/Klamath County


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities  like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns  on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

Who Can Apply

Owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern on that land may apply to participate in EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be agricultural producer (person, legal entity, or joint operation who has an interest in the agricultural operation, or who is engaged in agricultural production or forestry management).
  • Control or own eligible land.        
  • Comply with adjusted gross income (AGI) for less than $900,000.  Note: Federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes or Alaska Native corporations are exempt from the AGI payment limitations.
  • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements.
  • Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations that addresses at least one natural resource concern.

Additional program requirements may apply.

Submitting an EQIP Application

Interested applicants are encouraged to work with their local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you want on your land. Those who have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those who consider applying for EQIP for the first time should schedule a meeting with NRCS to discuss their options before moving forward. Local NRCS conservationists will help you develop a conservation plan, identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the EQIP signup options available in Oregon.

You can submit an EQIP application to your local NRCS office at any time on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates so we can evaluate, rank and approve eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities. Applications are evaluated using the following national and state ranking criteria. Additional local ranking criteria may also apply.

Current EQIP Sign Up Opportunities in Oregon

Sign-Up Option Description 2018 Application Deadlines
Regular EQIP
(Locally-led Conservation Implementation Strategies)

NRCS Oregon uses a strategic approach to conservation to administer its general EQIP dollars. By using a strategic approach, NRCS works with local communities, partners and landowners to determine county-level resource concerns and priorities, and focuses its EQIP investments in those areas. These priorities are addressed in a local Conservation Implementation Strategy, or CIS. Click the "Regular EQIP" link to the left for a list of current EQIP opportunities across the state, sorted by county.


Air Quality Initiative

With financial assistance from the National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI), farmers are reducing the use of high-emission, diesel-fuel smudge pots which are commonly used to protect crops from damaging spring frosts. NRCS is providing a financial incentive to help growers remove smudge pots from their operations, so they can be replaced with cleaner, more efficient systems.


On Farm Energy Initiative

Assist producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.


Organic Initiative

Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers and those transitioning to organic production.


Water Quality Initiative

Streams and lakes throughout the country are impaired because of excess nitrogen, phosphorus, pathogens and sediment from urban areas, industries, farms and ranches, and other sources. Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality in high-priority watersheds while maintaining agricultural productivity.

Not currently funded.
Drought Resiliency Initiative Farmers without access to adequate water to produce a crop may find themselves thrust from a water crisis to a dust crisis. Options for protecting fields vulnerable to erosion include cover crops, surface roughening, residue management, converting to crops that use less water, mulching, or other practices. Not currently funded.
Sage Grouse Initiative

Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating threats to sage grouse on private lands through strategic use of conservation programs.

High Tunnel System Initiative

Available to agricultural producers, designed to strengthen local and regional food markets and increase the use of sustainable conservation practices that will improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transport and reduce energy inputs.


Animal Feeding Operation Air and Water Quality Available to animal feeding operation producers statewide to address water quality and air quality resource concerns, by developing a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) to manage manure and organic byproducts, and to implement conservation practices identified in that plan. 3/16/2018
Forest Health Projects - Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration

EQIP financial assistance available to private non-industrial forestland owners within targeted project areas across Oregon, funded by the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership. Current projects available in Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Tillamook counties.

*May 18 deadline only applies to the Greater La Pine Basin Cohesive Strategy Project in Deschutes/Klamath County



EQIP funding through Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects EQIP funding is also available through several separate projects associated with the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Oregon currently has 16 different RCPP projects throughout the state that offer conservation assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest owners.


Please Note: Funding availability is subject to the federal EQIP budget allocation by Congress and may vary based on the current federal budget status.

2018 EQIP Practice Payment Lists for Oregon

EQIP participants receive financial assistance to offset the costs associated with installation or adoption of conservation practices.  Eligible conservation practices that are listed in the EQIP Practice Payment Schedule include irrigation systems, irrigation water management, forest stand improvements, fencing, cover crops, and much more.

For More Information on EQIP Eligibility and Program Requirements...

Past Year EQIP Information

  • EQIP Archive Page
    (cost lists, screening/ranking criteria, sign-up deadlines and funding pools from prior years)



Mary Beth Smith, Farm Bill Specialist
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd
Portland Oregon 97232