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Apply for EQIP

Apply for EQIP

How do I apply for EQIP  

Have a resource concern you are ready to address or a management system you want to try? We are ready to help.  Applications for EQIP​ financial assistance are accepted throughout the year. Specific deadlines are set for ranking and funding opportunities within each state.  Download and complete the EQIP​ application form.

Contact your local NRCS field office for more information. 

Preparing your EQIP application  

Applications will be accepted for all eligible lands and persons.  Eligible land includes:

  • Cropland and Hayland
  • Rangeland
  • Pastureland
  • Non-industrial private forestland
  • Other farm or ranch lands

Eligible person(s) include:

  •    Agricultural producers
  •    Owners of non-industrial private forestland
  •    Indian Tribes
  •    Those with an interest in the agricultural or forestry operations

Additionally, farm records must be established or updated with the Farm Service Agency for both the person(s) and the land for your application to be eligible and evaluated. Farm records for the person must indicate the applicant:

In addition to these requirements, approved participants, through consultation with NRCS​ conservation planners, must develop an EQIP plan of operations that addresses at least one natural resource concern.

Note: Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. Contact your local office for information specific to your application.

Evaluating your EQIP application  

Once your application has been filed and both you and your land are determined to be eligible for EQIP, the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate the current condition of the natural resource conditions or concerns on your land.  An NRCS conservation planner will present you with a variety of conservation practices or systems to address your concerns or management goals while improving and protecting the natural resource condition of your land.

Once you have chosen the practices to apply to your land, your application will be evaluated in the national, state, or local funding pool in which you have applied.  Funding pools allow EQIP to target funding to specific natural resource concerns, locations or operations, nationally, by state, and locally.

Applications for conservation practices and systems that will result in greater environmental benefits for national, state, and/or local natural resource priorities will receive a higher score and higher priority to receive an offer for a financial assistance contract.

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