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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. Applications for EQIP can be submitted to NRCS at any time. Dates are set periodically to rank applications for available funding.

For additional information on Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) please visit the following links.
 
 
 
 
 

Applying for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities. The following document describes how to apply for Farm Bill programs or visit the following website: www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted. Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Applicants must control or own eligible land, comply with adjusted gross income limitation provisions, be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements, and develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply. To apply for EQIP, contact your local service center.

EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias. (Note: Statutory requirements, such as priority for veteran farmers or ranchers, are allowed preference.)

Environmental Quality Incentives Program -
Conservation Incentive Contract (EQIP-CIC)

Announcing a new funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Conservation Incentive Contract (EQIP-CIC).  

The purpose and focus of EQIP-CIC is Climate Smart Agriculture, Forestry, and drought mitigation. EQIP-CIC provides payments for incentive practices and can be a steppingstone for producers between EQIP and the Conservation Stewardship program.   

The entire state of North Dakota is considered a High Priority Area, with Grasslands (Range and Pasture) and Associated Ag Lands being the land uses eligible for EQIP-CIC. In Fiscal Year 2022, applicants must address one or more of the following priority resource concerns to be eligible for EQIP-CIC: Degraded Plant Condition, Terrestrial Habitat or Livestock Production Limitation. 

A key feature to EQIP-CIC is that the contracts will be for a minimum of five years, and must have a management practice planned on the contracted acreage. Supporting conservation practices may be contracted if needed to facilitate the management practice. Payments for EQIP-CIC will follow existing EQIP payment schedules.

The sign-up date for EQIP-CIC is March 4, 2022. For further information please contact your local NRCS office. 

NRCS North Dakota Announces Funding opportunities in Fiscal Year 2022 
(October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Financial Assistance and Stewardship Farm Bill Programs operate under a continuous sign-up; therefore, applications are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year and cutoff dates are scheduled to allow for ranking, prioritizing, and selection of applications for funding.  The FY 2022 EQIP Program cutoff date (batching) for FY 2022 EQIP applications is September 24, 2021. Applications on file by close of business (COB) will be considered for funding under the FY 2022 allocation for the following funding pools:

  • All LWG’s (See LWG Map PDF below)
  • Organic
  • Energy
  • Conservation Activity Plans
  • Beginning Farmer
  • Socially Disadvantaged
  • Wildlife

North Dakota Local Work Group (LWG) subaccounts for FY 2022 will be as follows: NE Zone, NW Zone, SE Zone, SW Zone and Tribal, cropland and grassland categories within each subaccount except Tribal.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NRCS North Dakota Announces Source Water Quality funding opportunity in Walsh County

North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service announces a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentives – National Water Quality Incentive program to address water quality resource concerns in Walsh County.

In cooperation with Local and State stakeholders NRCS was able to secure funding to address resource concerns related to source water quality. Eligible Landowners/Producers can apply for funding to install conservation crop rotations, residue management, cover crop, nutrient management forage and biomass plantings along with other practices which address source water quality. In eligible participants may apply for development of an irrigation management plan.

Individuals interested in participating in this opportunity should contact their local NRCS office. The application deadline is December 31, 2021. 

North Dakota Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP)

Location Availability: Billings, Golden Valley, McKenzie and Slope Counties
Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

North Dakota NRCS and North Dakota USFS area announcing a second batching period for 2022. The ND JCLRP Badlands restoration project will focus on managing native ponderosa pine and rocky mountain juniper stands with mechanical or chemical treatments. By managing these stands producers are reducing fuels and threat of wildfire to communities and private property.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Grazing Reserved Rights Easements

North Dakota NRCS is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program to assist landowners with closed Wetland Reserve Easements - Grazing  Reserved Rights easements with improving grassland, wildlife and wetland resources associated with these lands. Applications are accepted year round. A batching period will be announced. For more information please contact your local NRCS Office.

North Dakota NRCS is Announcing Funding Opportunities Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to Assist Landowners with Locally Identified Resource Concerns.

The following descriptions details each projects objective, location availability and application deadlines.

Windbreak and Shelterbelt Establishment and Improvement
Location Availability: Within Bowman-Slope Soil Conservation District Boundary
Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

North Dakota NRCS, in partnership with Bowman-Slope Soil Conservation District is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program to assist landowners in addressing multiple local resource concerns though the establishment of tree and shrub plantings. The primary resource concerns identified are inadequate habitat for wildlife, livestock protection limitations and inadequate livestock shelter, inefficient energy use in equipment and facilities and to increase early season pollinator food sources.

Windbreak and Shelterbelt Establishment and Improvement
Location Availability: McHenry and Pierce Counties
Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

North Dakota NRCS, in partnership with North McHenry County SCD, South McHenry County SCD, and Pierce County SCD is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program to assist landowners in completing windbreak/shelterbelt renovations and tree plantings.   The partnership is focused on meeting landowner needs by utilizing windbreak/shelterbelts to protect crop fields, farmsteads, roadways, livestock feeding areas and to provide habitat for wildlife including pollinators.

High Tunnels - Farming the Frost
Location Availability: Throughout North Dakota
Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

North Dakota NRCS, in partnership with Morton County SCD, Burleigh County SCD, Wild Rice SCD, and Dakota College of Bottineau is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program to assist landowners with design and installation of High Tunnels and supporting conservation practices. Examples of High Tunnels include Gothic, Quonset Style and Small High Tunnel (Intensive Sun).  Supporting practices include: Cover Crops, Residue and Tillage Management, Conservation Crop Rotation, Irrigation System Micro irrigation, Critical Area Planting and Roof Runoff Structure.

North Dakota Irrigation Association – Irrigation
Location Availability: Throughout North Dakota
Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

North Dakota NRCS, in partnership with the North Dakota Irrigation Association, is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program to assist landowners with improvements to their existing irrigation system.  Examples would be improving efficiencies by converting from flood to pivot, installing VRI on an existing low-pressure system or converting a high-pressure center pivot to a low-pressure system in North Dakota.

National and State Priorities

The following national priorities, consistent with statutory resources concerns that include soil, water, wildlife, air quality, and related natural resource concerns, may be used in EQIP implementation:

  1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with total maximum daily loads (TMDL) where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and the reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations
  2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land
  5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation including development and improvement of wildlife habitat
  6. Energy conservation to help save fuel, improve efficiency of water use, maintain production, and protect soil and water resources by more efficiently using fertilizers and pesticides and
  7. Biological carbon storage and sequestration

In addition, North Dakota has identified the following priorities:

  • Grasslands Health
  • Soil Health
  • Water Quality and Quantity
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement

Get Started Today for 2022 Funding

Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted

NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract. Download the NRCS Conservation Program Application here (PDF; 967 KB)

EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.   

North Dakota Program Contacts

Todd C. Hagel
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (701) 530.2004
Fax: (701) 530-2110

Email: todd.hagel@usda.gov