The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. With EQIP, NRCS conservationist experts provide both technical and financial assistance to implement environmentally beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural land.
Eligible agricultural producers can submit an EQIP application at any time. However, NRCS announces "cut-off" or application submission deadline dates to evaluate, rank and approve applications received by the announced date.
This category assists producers to extend the growing season, improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transportation, improve air quality through reduced transportation inputs, and reduce energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.
This category assists people in the Greater Cleveland area, located primarily in food deserts, build urban high tunnels. High tunnels give people an opportunity to grow fresh vegetables longer while managing water and pests effectively.
This category assists people in the Greater Cincinnati area, located primarily in food deserts, build urban high tunnels. High tunnels give people an opportunity to grow fresh vegetables longer while managing water and pests effectively.
This category assists producers identify ways to reduce energy use on their farms and to implement various recommended measures using conservation practices that address inefficient use of on-farm energy. A screening tool is required to be ranked in this category. This initiative only offers assistance for 128 Conservation Activity Plans-Ag Energy Management Plans (AgEMPs) and certain energy conservation practices.
This category assists organic producers implement a broad set of conservation practices to address resource concerns. A screening tool is required to be ranked in this category. This initiative is further divided to rank certified organic operations and transitioning to organic operations separately. Producers exempt from certification are considered under the transitioning category.
This category assists producers increase honey bee habitat. The honey bee pollinator effort will provide floral forage habitats to benefit hive nutritional health as part of an overall effort to increase the health of honey bees.
This category assists producers increase monarch butterfly habitat. Planting milkweed and nectar-rich plants not only benefit butterflies, they also strengthen agricultural operations and support other beneficial insects and wildlife.
A Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) developed by a non-NRCS individual or entity identifies conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need, typically for land transitioning to organic production, grazing land, or forest land, or for specific resource needs such as nutrient management.
GLRI protects and restores watersheds to combat invasive species, protect watersheds and shorelines, reduce non-point source pollution, and restore wetlands and other habitat areas. This GLRI project is for producers in Ohio’s Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) in the following sub-watershed: Blanchard, Lower Maumee, Upper Auglaize, Cedar-Portage, Sandusky, St. Marys, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Tiffin, and Upper Maumee.
This category assists WLEB producers implement a broad set of conservation practices to address water quality concerns. A screening worksheet is required in this category. To be eligible for this initiative, you must be located in Ohio WLEB counties identified on the project map.
The project will assist woodland owners implement conservation measures recommended by foresters. The project area includes the Wayne National Forest and Ohio State Forests, as well as privately held forest land in Adams, Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto, Vinton, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross and Washington Counties.
Conservation Enhancement and Outreach Special Project
The project is designed to assist landowners implement conservation practices to protect natural resources while enhancing pasture, crop, and forestland through targeted funding in Morgan and Guernsey Counties.
The project is designed to assist landowners implement conservation practices through progressive planning on pasture land in Adams, Athens, Fayette, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Scioto, and Vinton Counties.
Southern Ohio Appalachian Outreach Special Project
The project will promote best management practices in Adams, Athens, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington Counties. Special emphasis will be placed on grassland management, planned grazing systems, nutrient management and winter-feeding management to address water quality and soil erosion concerns.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
2014 Farm Bill Projects
East Fork Watershed Nutrient Reduction Initiative (Clear Creek) - This innovative project will implement a series of agricultural best management practices to protect water quality, improve soil health and provide habitat for at risk species in the Clear Creek Watershed. It will also help protect the City of Hillsboro’s drinking water supply and provide prescribed habitat for Ohio’s diminished Northern Bobwhite Quail and native pollinators.
Greater Cleveland Reforestation Project - The purpose of this project is to replant urban farm sites into treed greenspace to increase Cleveland’s tree canopy. Partners will contribute disposal costs of debris removal from farm/tree planting sites, technical and education support for tree plantings as well as donating trees. This project is available in Cuyahoga County with a primary focus on center city Cleveland.
Jacoby Creek - The project will focus efforts on improving water quality in the Little Miami River’s Jacoby Creek and Yellow Springs Creek subwatersheds. The project will demonstrate and document the benefits of best agricultural conservation practices for water quality, aquatic and wildlife habitat, and soil health, and to permanently preserve prime farmland and well-functioning stream corridors.
Spotted Knapweed Treatment for Ohio Producers (STOP) - This project will focus on treating and controlling spotted knapweed and other invasive species in four Appalachian counties: Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble. These counties have experienced an exponential spread of spotted knapweed in privately owned pastures and hay land. Producers will receive assistance to help plan and implement conservation measures to pastures and permanent hay land to improve their grazing and hay land operations.
Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative
A diverse team of partners will use a targeted approach to identify high-priority sub-watersheds for phosphorus reduction and increase farmer access to public and private technical assistance—including innovative demonstrations of practices that NRCS does not yet cover—in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Identified actions are coordinated with the Ohio Phosphorus Task Force Report and will move Lake Erie toward goals developed in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4 Nutrient Strategies. The partners will gauge success and monitor results using project-wide water quality monitoring and watershed modeling conducted by national experts from multiple scientific entities and institutions.