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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.  

Current Funding Opportunities

This map shows current funding opportunities for Oregon farmers, ranchers and forestland owners to obtain financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through its Strategic Approach to Conservation. If your farm, ranch, or forestland is located within one of these project areas, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help you perform conservation activities on your land.

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Locally-Led General EQIP and Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Locally-led conservation brings together community stakeholders to identify and resolve natural resource problems.  It's based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to identify and manage resource concerns in their area.  Conservation work begins with the community itself, working through the conservation district. Through this locally-led process, Oregon identifies Conservation Implementation Strategies and Regional Conservation Partnership projects for funding.

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EQIP Initiatives 

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EQIP Application Deadlines in Oregon for Fiscal Year 2019:

Deadline EQIP Funding Pool
Oct. 19, 2018


Nov. 16, 2018  


April 19, 2019


May 17, 2019


June 21, 2019


July 19, 2019


July 31, 2019

EQIP Ranking Criteria (updated for 2019)

EQIP applications are evaluated and prioritized for funding based on national, state, and local ranking criteria. EQIP Initiatives such as Organic, High Tunnel and On-Farm Energy,  their own separate ranking criteria.

More Information 

If you want to learn more about EQIP, you can 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. 

Once you have chosen the right conservation practices for your land, you may be offered an EQIP contract to receive financial assistance for the cost of implementing certain practices.  Payment rates for conservation practices are reviewed and set each fiscal year.