Minnesota State Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

EQIP provides technical assistance, cost-share payments, and incentive payments to assist crop, livestock, and other agricultural producers with environmental and conservation improvements to their operations.

Minnesota Program Objectives:

  • Promote assistance to producers that addresses existing problems in protecting soil, water,
    air, and related resources.
  • Promote policies that encourage the implementation of cost-effective conservation practices.
  • Provide a state program that facilitates local input and priorities in developing contracts.
  • Provide a state program that results in efficient administration, timely decisions, quality
    contracts and sound conservation on the land.
  • Provide assistance to underserved individuals and groups, including American Indian
    Tribes/individuals, limited resource producers, and other locally identified groups.

MN EQIP funds will be allocated through the 91 Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) boundaries. Each NRCS field office used its SWCD and Local Work Group to develop a local EQIP program and determine local priorities. EQIP applications will be scored, ranked, and funded at the local level based on the local priorities and the local allocation.

MN will have state-wide emphasis funds for American Indians and New Immigrant Farmers. Ther will also be special funding for Drought Assistance in the Whitewater Watershed, and the Kanaranzi-Little Rock Watershed (K-LR Watershed).

Again there are Ground and Surface Water Conservation (GSWC) EQIP funds available. The purpose of these funds are to promote ground and surface water conservation by providing cost-share and incentive payments to improve;

  • irrigation systems,
  • enhance irrigation efficiencies,
  • convert to less water-intensive agriculture,
  • improve water storage through groundwater recharge,
  • mitigate drought effects, or other water conservation methods.


Local, area, and state personnel and other agencies and groups developed the EQIP docket establishing statewide cost-share rates and payment methods. Counties and areas use this docket to determine eligible practices and the cost-share available for each. Using local input, some offices may choose to remove a practice from their list of eligible local practices. In these instances the practices removed is noted in the SWCD’s local program description. 

Contact your local Conservation District for more information.

Sign-up Information

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 the Assistant State Conservationist or
Sid Cornelius
Resource Conservationist
375 Jackson St. Ste 600
St. Paul, MN St. Paul, MN
Or you can fill out the Conservation Program Contract Form CCC-1200

Contact Minnesota State Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact Minnesota State Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Tim Koehler
Assistant State Conservationist
375 Jackson St. Ste 600
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101
Phone: 651-602-7857
Fax: 651-602-7914


Service Area

National Program