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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order 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 or improved or created wildlife habitat.

Fiscal Year 2018 EQIP Deadline

Application deadline for FY 2018 EQIP funding is Friday, November 17, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.  Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, only the applications received by the application deadline will be considered for funding this fiscal year. Applications received after that date will be evaluated for future rounds of funding, as needed.

Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply, or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted 

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What's New in EQIP?

  • The former Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program was folded into EQIP
  • Advance payment opportunities now exist for veteran agricultural producers.
  • Advance payments for socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and veterans were raised from 30 percent to 50 percent.
  • Payment limitations are set at $450,000 with no ability to waive.

 

How to Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or 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.

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

More Information

EQIP Fact Sheet (PDF, 1MB)

EQIP Special Drought Initiative - EQIP assistance available to landowners to address pasture and hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme, or Exceptional Drought Conditions

For more information visit your local USDA Service Center or www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted. (opens in a new browser tab)

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EQIP SPECIAL DROUGHT INITIATIVE 
(EQIP assistance available to landowners to address pasture and hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme, or Exceptional Drought Conditions)