Are you interesting in installing or implementing conservation practices on the land that you work on? You may be eligible to receive money and technical assistance through the USDA’s EQIP program.


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat.

Under EQIP, farmers, ranchers, and other property managers may receive financial cost-share assistance and technical advice to conduct conservation practices such as: cover-crops, no-till, crop rotation, improved irrigation practices, seasonal high tunnels, establishing buffer zones, planting pollinator habitats, grazing and nutrient management, and more. The money from this program can cover planning, equipment, installation, maintenance, training, and labor.

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The following information is taken directly from the NRCS website. Click here to visit their site.

How It Works

This voluntary conservation programs helps producers make conservation work for them.  Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices.  Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations.  Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.


Some of these benefits include:

  • Reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations.
  • Efficient utilization of nutrients, reducing input costs and reduction in nonpoint source pollution.
  • Increased soil health to help mitigate against increasing weather volatility and improved drought resiliency.

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