NRCS EQIP cost sharing program for farmlands
What is EQIP?
From weather to pests or lack of time to market, each American farmer faces a unique set of challenges. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps agricultural producers confront those challenges – all while conserving natural resources like soil, water and air.
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 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. (NRCS, 2018).
What kind of things are covered?
The list of conservation practices are as numerous and diverse as the producers that we support, from designing watering facilities and heavy use areas for ranchers that reduce compaction and nutrient runoff; to irrigation and tail water recovery for blueberry farmers to ensure good water use; to planting pollinator borders to increase pollination for a watermelon farmer.
All that is required is that the land be in production for an agricultural resource (including timber) and that the land owner voluntarily engage the local NRCS office to establish a relationship and begin the process. From there the district conservation staff will help producers navigate the application process and begin to develop a conservation plan.