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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible National goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP was reauthorized in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP.


News Releases

Texas Ranking Criteria for NRCS Programs  Fiscal Year 2020, 2021 and 2022

Priority Resource Concerns Web Application Fiscal Year 2021

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications for State, National, and Locally Led financial assistance opportunities will be evaluated per the EQIP ranking dates below for Fiscal Year 2022.

  • October 29, 2021- First Ranking Date
  • February 11, 2022- Second Ranking Date

EQIP General Program Description

National Landscape Conservation Initiatives:

  • Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI)
  • NWQI: Lake Lavon
  • NWQI: Lampasas River
  • WaterSMART: Cameron/Hidalgo County Irrigation Districts
  • WLFW: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative
  • WLFW: Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project

National Programmatic Initiatives:

  • High Tunnel
  • National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI)
  • National On-Farm Energy Initiative (NOFEI)
  • National Organic Initiative (NOI)
  • StrikeForce Initiative

State Ranking Pools:

  • AFO/CAFO
  • Beginning Farmer/Rancher (BFR)
  • Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)
  • Eagle Mountain Lake
  • Fever Tick
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Mussel Initiative
  • Richland-Chambers Water Quality
  • Shortleaf Pine
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher (SDFR)
  • Source Water Protection (SWP)
  • Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) Program Locally Led Financial Assistance
  • University Lands
  • Urban
  • WLFW: Colorado River Mussel Project

Locally Led Financial Assistance

Locally Led Conservation - Financial assistance offered at the Zone level to treat resource concerns through EQIP targeted by the Local Working Group (LWG)


For more information

For more information about EQIP, visit the National NRCS EQIP web page or contact your local field office.

Lori Ziehr, Assistant State Conservationist-Programs
Phone:  254-742-9881