The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Connecticut provides cost share and incentive payments to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. It is a voluntary program that promotes environmental quality and agricultural production as compatible goals.
Based on county resource assessments from Local Work Groups, the following seven state resource concerns are priority conservation objectives.
- Ground Water Quality/Quantity
- Surface Water Quality/Quantity
- Agricultural Land Use Changes
- Air Quality/Odor and Fine Particulate Matter (PM 2.5)
- Energy/Biogas Production and Utilization
Each program year a statewide evaluation and ranking worksheet is developed along with a statewide list of eligible practices and associated cost share rates or incentive payments. The state conservationist approves the final ranking criteria, eligible practices, cost share levels and incentive payment rates after receiving input from the State Technical Committee.
EQIP has and will continue to be a competitive program for the awarding of contracts. Contract applications that optimize environmental benefits are ranked highest for contract development. Evaluation and ranking is done on a statewide basis by an NRCS team.
Any producer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pastureland; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Applicants who rank high enough to be selected for plan development and contracting must have a conservation plan developed. The conservation plan will outline the practices that will be included on the contract, and develop a preliminary schedule for implementing practices.
Practices started or completed prior to program application are not eligible for cost share or incentive payments.
Applicants who start a practice before the contract is approved by NRCS causes the applicant to be ineligible for EQIP financial assistance for that practice unless a waiver is granted by NRCS.
2010 EQIP General Program Description Documents and Application Form
Links to Other Useful Documents for the EQIP Program
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Contact Connecticut Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
344 Merrow Road
Tolland, Connecticut 06084 Phone: