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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible National goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP was reauthorized in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP.


News Release, Temple, Texas, March 2, 2020 - NRCS Announces 2020 Deadline for Conservation Assistance Funding

Texas Ranking Criteria for NRCS Programs  Fiscal Year 2020

Priority Resource Concerns Web Application Fiscal Year 2021

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications for State, National, and Locally Led financial assistance opportunities will be evaluated per the EQIP application deadlines below for Fiscal Year 2020.

  • April 3, 2020- First Application Funding Deadline
  • May 15, 2020- Second Application Funding Deadline

EQIP General Program Description

National Initiatives

  • Air Quality Initiative
  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative
  • Longleaf Pine Initiative
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • National Water Quality Initiative - Lampasas River
  • National Water Quality Initiative - Lake Lavon
  • WaterSMART

State EQIP Initiatives

  • AFO/CAFO
  • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
  • Colorado River Fresh Water Mussels
  • Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)
  • Disaster Recovery (Funding will be offered based on the extent of an applicable natural disaster: Drought, Flood, Hurricane, Wildfire)
  • Eagle Mountain Lake
  • Fever Tick Eradication
  • High Tunnel Systems
  • On-Farm Energy
  • Organic Transition
  • Richland-Chambers Water Quality
  • Shortleaf Pine
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher
  • Sourcewater Protection
  • StrikeForce Initiative
  • University Lands

Locally Led Financial Assistance

Locally Led Conservation (Financial assistance offered at the Zone level to treat resource concerns through EQIP targeted by the Local Working Group (LWG)


For more information

For more information about EQIP, visit the National NRCS EQIP web page or contact your local field office.

Lori Ziehr, Assistant State Conservationist-Programs
Phone:  254-742-9881