Nebraska Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

EQIP may pay up to 75 percent of the costs of eligible conservation practices. EQIP provides cost sharing to help farmers with ground and surface water conservation, animal feeding operations, and general conservation practices. All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Nebraska. Farmers can apply for cost-sharing for many types of conservation practices.

General
General ranking emphasizes both national and state priorities. The state priorities include the seven resource concerns developed from the State Technical Committee and EQIP Subcommittee. Qualifying practices that may address specific resource concerns are shown in the resource concern categories on the appropriate EQIP Conservation Practice List.

Ground & Surface Water Conservation
Ground & Surface Water Conservation ranking is used when the goal of the applicant is to maximize water savings on irrigated land. This includes conversion of irrigated land to non-irrigated land and conversion of irrigated land to more efficient irrigation systems.

Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) Initiative
Animal feeding operations ranking is used when the goal of the applicant is to address livestock waste resource issues. A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP) needs to be developed before ranking an application.

Water Quantity Initiative
Water Quantity Initiative ranking is used when the goal of the applicant is to maximize water savings on irrigated land with Nebraska Department of Natural Resources identified emphasis goals. For 2007, emphasis is on converting irrigated land to non-irrigated land in the Republican River Basin, Pumpkin Creek, and Lodge Pole Creek.

Water Quality Initiative (NDEQ Impaired Watersheds)
Water Quality Initiative ranking is used when the goal of the applicant is to maximize water quality benefits on land with Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality identified emphasis goals. For 2007, emphasis is on impaired watersheds that have watershed management plans developed.

Wildlife Initiative (Tri-Basin NRD)
Tri-Basin NRD Wildlife Initiative is used when the goal of the application is to develop wildlife habitat on existing center pivot corners within the Tri-Basin NRD.

Wildfire Initiative
The Wildfire Special Initiative is used when the goal of the applicant is to restore grazing lands damaged by wildfires.

EQIP cost-sharing will be offered on a NRD basis. Each NRD has the flexibility to adopt cost sharing parameters for approved conservation practices. Applications will be ranked by specific offices based on county boundaries as shown. If you click on a specific county, you will be taken to a web page containing information on the EQIP services available for that area.

Locate your county to find the conservation practices available for cost-share or the ranking template file that NRCS offices use to evaluate EQIP applications and determine the amount of money that can be cost-shared. 

Sign-Up and Application 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.

Also contact:
Rich Torpin
Phone: (402) 437-4061
Email: Rich.Torpin@ne.usda.gov


Contact Nebraska Environmental Quality Incentives Program


Contact Nebraska Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Don Thober
Natural Resources Conservation Service
100 Centennial Mall North
Rm 152, Federal Building
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
Phone: (402) 437-4111


 

Service Area

National Program