Nevada Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary USDA program, managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The objective of EQIP is to promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to eligible private landowners, tribes and groups to install structural, vegetative and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

State Goals
1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with Total Daily Maximum Loads (TMDL’s) where available as well as the reduction of groundwater contamination and reduction of point sources such as contamination from confined animal feeding operations.
2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources.
3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOx), and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land.
5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation.

Limited Resources Person and Beginning Farmer
Cost share rate of for qualified persons have not yet been determined. Persons must self certify that the meet all limited resource person or beginning farmer definitions at time of program contract application. All certifications are subject to NRCS required spot checks of 5% or more by state policy prior to contract approval. This will ensure that persons receiving increased cost share benefits are entitled to such benefits.


Program participants and land must meet all program eligibility requirements. Eligibility includes but is not limited to:

· Applicant must be actively engaged in livestock or crop production. Production may be further defined.

· Adjusted Gross Income limit may apply.

· Eligible land includes: cropland, range land; pasture; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

· Natural resource concerns must be present and eligible practices must solve resource concerns.

· Irrigated practices may be cost shared based upon irrigation history.

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 Nevada Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact Nevada Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Peggy Hughes
Assistant STC for Programs
5301 Longley Lane Building F, Suite 201
Reno, Nevada  89506
Phone: (775) 784-5039
Fax: (775) 784-5939


Service Area

National Program