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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.

The 1st sign-up period for applications for EQIP and RCPP in fiscal year 2021 ends on November 20, 2020.

FY 2021 Ranking Criteria (PDF)


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

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.   

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

If you are an Historically Underserved Farmer or Rancher, you may be eligible for the advance payment option.

EQIP Initiatives

Targeted EQIP financial assistance is available through general EQIP, and several other 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. 















Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) points of contact

Name Position Office Phone Email Address
Sarah Trichel Assistant State Conservationist/Programs 318-473-7754
Vacant State Program Specialist