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.  Any eligible agricultural producer can submit an EQIP application at any time.  NRCS announces “cut-off” or application submission deadline dates to evaluate, rank, and approve applications received by the announced date. EQIP contains provisions to distribute percentages of program funds by categories including type of agricultural land use, type of producer, natural resource concern, conservation practice and special initiatives.  Applications may be considered for funding under one or more of these categories.

To apply:  Program Application

Visit the National EQIP website for complete information and questions:

For the latest information, check out the EQIP January 2016 press release.