Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to implement conservation practices. Any producer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

In Maine the areas of focus for EQIP are:
Conservation Activity Plans
Irrigation Assistance
Organic Agriculture Initiative
Seasonal High Tunnels

Eligibility

Any farmer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands. The applicant must be determined to be an eligible producer by the Farm Service Agency. If you are a new United States Department of Agriculture program applicant, please contact your local Farm Service Agency office for information on eligibility requirements. If you have been a United States Department of Agriculture program participant in the past, please contact your local Farm Service Agency office to update information.

The land offered for Environmental Quality Incentives Program must also be determined eligible by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Eligible land for the 2007 Environmental Quality Incentives Program signup is land that has a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner that can be addressed through application of the conservation practices eligible for this signup period.

Sign Up

Application information and details about eligible practices and cost-share rates are available by USDA Service Center Area. Signup is conducted on a continuous basis.

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 Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program


Contact Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Alice Begin
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
967 Illinois Avenue, Suite #3
Bangor, Maine  04401
Phone: 207-990-9100 ext 3
Fax: 207-990-9599


 

Service Area

National Program