Louisiana Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality by offering financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP may pay up to 75 percent of the costs of certain conservation practices such as grassed waterways, filters strips, waste management facilities, grade stabilization structures, and other practices important to improving and maintaining the health of natural resources in the area. Incentive payments may be made to encourage a producer to perform land management practices such as nutrient management, waste utilization, prescribed grazing, and irrigation water management. Total cost share and incentive payments are limited to $450,000 per an individual for the life of the Farm Bill.

Current EQIP initiative:

Organic Initiative - Helping Louisiana Farmers Who Are Certified Organic Producers Or Are Transitioning to Organic

Eligibility

Any farmer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. In order to be eligible to signup for EQIP the applicant must be determined to be an eligible producer by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The land offered for EQIP must also be determined eligible by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Eligible land for the 2005 EQIP signup is land that has a resource concern that can be addressed through application of the one or more of the EQIP Eligible Conservation Practices.

Sign-up

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 Louisiana Environmental Quality Incentives Program


Contact Louisiana Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Leslie L. Michael
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
3737 Government Street
Alexandria, Louisiana  71302
Phone: 318-473-7755
Fax: 318-473-7682


 

Service Area

National Program