Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers to address soil, water, air, and related natural resource concerns on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

EQIP provides payments up to 75 percent of the incurred costs and income foregone of certain conservation practices and activities. However, certain historically under- served producers (limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran farmers/ranchers) may receive up to 90 percent of the incurred costs and income foregone and be eligible for advance payments up to 50 percent of the cost needed to purchase materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) for technical assistance needed for certain eligible activities and services.

General Program Requirements

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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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.

Information about how to apply for assistance through EQIP is available online. Click on the state where the property that you are interested in enrolling in EQIP is located. Each state's EQIP page includes application ranking criteria, priority resource concerns, lists of eligible practices, payment rates, information about where you can submit applications, eligibility requirements and other program requirements.

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) establishes application "cut-off" dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or contact the NRCS Service Center located in the county where your property is located.

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