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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)


Helping farmers and ranchers share the costs of addressing natural resource concerns

In addition to providing food and fiber, farmers and ranchers are important managers of our natural resources. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides farmers and ranchers with financial cost-share and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on working agricultural land. EQIP assistance is available through a general pool and also through special initiatives, which highlight specific practices or natural resources, such as the Organic Initiative, which provides separate funding pools for transitioning and certified organic producers.

  • Deadline - Signup dates vary from state to state. Most states have opened their initial EQIP signup periods, and have to give at least 30 days notice before a deadline.

  • Click here to learn more: NSAC EQIP Grassroots Guide 

  • In development - additional guidance and materials on the EQIP Advance Payment option - a 2018 Farm Bill win - to help growers understand new options available to them.

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