Missouri Environmental Quality Incentives Programlast updated: June 2011

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the “Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008” (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production, forest management,  and environmental quality as compatible national goals. Through EQIP, eligible participants may receive financial and technical assistance on agricultural land to implement structural and management conservation practices, to optimize environmental benefits.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years. These contracts provide financial assistance to implement conservation practices.

Missouri’s EQIP program is developed using locally led conservation through Local/County Work Groups, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Missouri State Technical Committee. National priorities and national measures are also an important consideration in EQIP program development.

EQIP Funding Initiatives

Passage of the 2008 Farm Bill has several opportunities for conservation partners to leverage their resources with FY11 EQIP technical and financial assistance provided by NRCS, in order to address mutually beneficial resource concerns on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.


Any person or entity engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture, and other farm or ranch lands, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. Eligible land must have a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner. Activities are carried out according to an EQIP plan of operations developed with the producer that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the identified resource concerns. All practices are subject to NRCS technical standards.

Cost-share eligibility is contingent on the producer not starting the practice prior to having an approved EQIP contract signed by the appropriate Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) representative. Applications are ranked, with the highest priority given to those applications with the highest score. Each county scoring worksheet was developed based on national, state and local resource concerns. To find your Missouri county scoring worksheet, select your county 


To apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), you will need to fill out the Conservation Program Contract Form CCC-1200 and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Contract Appendix To Form CCC-1200.

After submitting your application at your local USDA Service Center, a certified conservation planner will assist you in developing a plan to address the resource concerns on your farm. They will also work with you to complete a scoring worksheet for your application. Submitted applications are ranked, with the highest priority given to those applications in each region with the highest score.

Contact Missouri Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact Missouri Environmental Quality Incentives Program

R. Darlene Johnson
Program Coordinator
Parkade Center, Suite 250 601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, Missouri  65203
Phone: 573-876-9386
Fax: 573-876-0913


Service Area

National Program

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