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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

 

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From weather to pests, each American farmer faces a unique set of challenges. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat. 


Benefits 

This voluntary conservation programs helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.  

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you. 


Program at a Glance 

To get started, NRCS first works one-on-one with you to develop a conservation plan that meets your goals and vision for the land. This becomes a roadmap for which conservation practices best meet your needs.  

Financial assistance covers part of the costs from implementing conservation practices. NRCS offers about 200 practices depending on where your land is located. These practices are geared towards working farms, ranches and forests and provide producers with many options for conservation. See a list of practices.   


How to Apply 

The best way to learn if EQIP is a good fit for you is by contacting your local NRCS office. If you choose to move forward, your local NRCS conservationist will guide you through applying for the program.  

Applications are ranked, and if yours is funded, NRCS will offer you an EQIP contract to receive financial assistance for the cost of implementing practices.  Payment rates for conservation practices are reviewed and set each fiscal year. More information on this process is available on our  How Do I Apply webpage.  

 

Popular Practices 


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EQIP Initiatives 

Targeted EQIP financial assistance is available through general EQIP and several initiatives. These initiatives address priority natural resource concerns on the most vulnerable lands, target conservation assistance in high priority watersheds, or help stimulate the development and adoption of innovation and technology. 

If you want to learn more about EQIP, contact your local NRCS office. Your NRCS conservationist will visit you and evaluate the natural resources on your land. NRCS will then present a variety of conservation practices or system alternatives to help you address those concerns or management goals to improve or protect the natural resource conditions on your land.

Florida Priorities

In Florida, the following priorities guide EQIP application selection:

  • Water Quality Degradation
  • Insufficient Water 
  • Soil Health 
  • Plant and Animal Health 
  • Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

Ranking Templates and Payment Schedules

FY2020
Hurricane Recovery FY 2019
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National EQIP website

Conservation Activity Plans 

Conservation Innovation Grants

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

EQIP Fact Sheet 

Program Contacts