The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for Alaskans that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
To be eligible to participate, applicants must:
- Be an agriculture producer; (Agricultural Producer and Land Eligibility Criteria)
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of the 1985 Farm Bill;
- Provide the Social Security number of all individuals who will benefit from the assistance; and
- Develop an EQIP plan of operations, including the participant’s specific conservation and environmental objectives to be achieved; one or more conservation practices in the conservation management system to be implemented to achieve the conservation and environmental objectives; and the schedule for implementing the conservation practices.
EQIP is a continuous signup program. Landowners may apply for financial assistance throughout the year. To be considered for funding, a signed CCC-1200 must be submitted to an NRCS Field Office, a Farm Service Agency Office, or to the offices of a soil and water conservation district.
Priority national, state, and local resource concerns are outlined in the Alaska EQIP policy document. Ranking criteria are based upon meeting these priority resource concerns.
EQIP has and will continue to be a competitive program for the awarding of contracts.
EQIP provides payments up to 75 percent of the incurred costs and income foregone of certain conservation practices and activities. However certain historically underserved producers (Limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers) may be eligible for payments up to 90 percent of the estimated incurred costs and income foregone. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) for technical assistance needed for certain eligible activities and services. The new Farm Bill established a new payment limitation for individuals or legal entity participants who may not receive, directly or indirectly, payments that, in the aggregate, exceed $300,000 for all program contracts entered during any six year period. Projects determined as having special environmental significance may, with approval of the NRCS Chief, have the payment limitation raised to a maximum of $450,000.
Participants and their local NRCS office work together to develop plans and designs that meet their need and meet NRCS technical approval requirements. After approval the participant is responsible for installation of practices to meet NRCS standards, plans and designs. Payment for implementation follows successful installation of the practice by the participant.
EQIP Aquatic Ranking Tool
EQIP Confined Animal Ranking Tool
EQIP Cropland Ranking Tool
EQIP Forestry Ranking Tool
EQIP Grazing Ranking Tool
EQIP Organic-Certified Ranking Tool
EQIP Organic-Transition Ranking Tool
EQIP Trails Ranking Tool
Local Work Groups
Delta Junction/Copper Center Priorities