Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) develops contracts with agricultural producers to implement conservation practices to address environmental natural resource problems. Payments are made to producers once conservation practices are completed according to NRCS requirements.
Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production and owners of non industrial private forestland are eligible for the program. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands. Persons interested in entering into a cost-share agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for EQIP assistance may file an application at any time.
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