New York Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in New York.  The program supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.   General Program Description

The state is divided into 13 watersheds.  Each watershed has unique local ranking criteria, eligible practices, and separate funding pools.  There is a statewide pool of funds for Limited Resource Farmers.  New this year is statewide funding to provide incentive payments for participants to develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP).


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.


Environmental Quality Incentives Program Sign-ups Underway  (NEW)  Deadline is January 26, 2007

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 New York Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact New York Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Dianna Power
New York EQIP Program Manager
441 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, New York  13202
Phone: 315-477-6508


Service Area

National Program