Michigan Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers, ranchers, private forest land owners and Federally-recognized American Indian tribes may receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and land management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

Eligible producers are individuals engaged in livestock, crop or forest production. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture, and private non-industrial forestland. State priorities are developed annually from input from local workgroups based on county resource assessments and individual plans to address those local needs. A State Technical Committee comprised of representation from these local work groups, Tribal groups, commodity groups, and conservation partners advise NRCS on the implementation of EQIP.

EQIP activities are carried out according to a site specific conservation plan developed in conjunction with the producer. All conservation practices are installed according to NRCS technical standards. Producers may elect to use an approved technical service provider for technical assistance.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term of one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of ten years. Total cost share and incentive payments are limited to $300,000 per individual over a six-year period, regardless of the number of farms or contracts. Eligibility for EQIP is subject to the Adjusted Gross Income provision of the 2008 Farm Bill and highly erodible land and wetland conversion provisions.

EQIP Initiatives


An applicant for EQIP must be a producer engaged in livestock or crop production and be determined to be an eligible producer by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The land offered for EQIP must be determined to be eligible by NRCS. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture land; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. All practices must be implemented according to NRCS technical standards. Any practice started prior to having an approved EQIP contract will not be eligible for financial assistance. Any producer that has an EQIP contract that provides financial assistance for a waste storage facility will be required to develop a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) prior to receiving their payment for the waste storage facility.


Eligible producers may sign up for EQIP on eligible land at any time at their local USDA Service Center using the Sign-Up/Pre-Application Tool. This will document that they have a resource concern relating to one or more of these ten Statewide priorities. Producers would then develop a site specific conservation plan detailing the producer’s decisions on addressing the resource concern. This conservation plan will outline the practices that will be included in the EQIP contract, and develop a schedule of practice implementation.

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.

Contract will be from 1 through 10 years in length. A practice must be installed in the first 12 months of the contract. Following practice implementation the producer will request payment on a CCC-1245. NRCS, or a certified technical service provider, will certify that the practice was installed according to NRCS technical standards. FSA will issue the producer the payment. Producers will be required to maintain the practice for the expected life span as indicated on the CCC-1245. Annual status reviews will be handled according to the State Quality Assurance Plan.

Contact Michigan Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact Michigan Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Steve Law
EQIP Coordinator
3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
Phone: (517) 324-5282
Fax: 517-324-5171


Service Area

National Program