Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Type: 
Funding
Organization: 
USDA, NRCS
Description: 

Deadline for 2016 unkown. See application for details. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Category: 
agriculture, production, conservation, climate adaptation, private forestland, non-industrial, natural resource management
Funding Amount: 
Payments vary. Financial assistance payments through EQIP are made to eligible producers, to implement approved conservation practices on eligible land or to help producers develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) to address specific land use issues. Payments are made on completed practices or activities identified in an EQIP contract that meet NRCS standards. Payment rates are set each fiscal year and are attached to the EQIP contract when it is approved. Payment rates for each conservation practice can be found at each NRCS State Programs website. Tribes are eligible for higher rates of pay, and may also be issued advance payments up to 50 percent of the established payment rate to purchasing materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are not subject to payment or EQIP contract limitations.
Matching Funds: 
n/a

Geography:

Eligibility: 
Tribes and owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern on that land may apply to participate in EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.