Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.
NRCS will help you develop a conservation plan that meets your goals and vision. This plan becomes your roadmap for selecting the right conservation practices for your land. NRCS offers about 200 unique practices designed for working farms, ranches, and forests.
NRCS financial assistance can cover part of the costs of implementing conservation practices.
Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who own or rent agricultural land are eligible. EQIP assistance can be used on all types of agricultural operations, including:
Conventional and organic
Specialty crops and commodity crops
Forestry and wildlife
Historically underserved farmers*
*Increased and advance payments available for historically underserved producers (beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and military veterans.)