North Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program which offers farmers and ranchers technical and financial resources to address their natural resource concerns while achieving the most environmental benefits through locally developed priority areas and natural resource concerns.

In North Dakota, EQIP has been designed through a locally-led process consisting of conservation stakeholders across the State. The program has been locally designed by assigning much of the priority setting at the county or reservation level. The USDA Local Work Group (LWG), chaired by the local soil conservation district and membership consisting of NRCS, FSA, Extension Service, and Tribal, State, and local government officials, provide recommendations to the NRCS district conservationist on program implementation at the local level.

Since requests for EQIP contracts outweigh available funding, EQIP applicants compete for contracts through a system that ranks the application on how well it will optimize environmental benefits. This optimization is determined by quantifying the extent that local, State, and National EQIP priorities, as well as, National measures will be met.


Eligibility for the program is limited to persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production. EQIP provides cost-share assistance for up to 75 percent of certain conservation practices. Incentive payments can be offered to encourage producers to perform land management practices.

Conservation practices listed on the 2005 North Dakota Practice and Cost-share/Incentive List are eligible for cost-share or incentive payments if appropriate practice components are available. Refer to Section I – Cost Data of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). If the component is not listed in Section I, the component may be added with the approval of the contract officer and with the appropriate documentation, i.e., an engineer’s estimate. Local Work Groups have the opportunity to localize the practice list to reflect local resource concerns. The Purpose(s) and Condition(s) Where Practices Apply, as indicated in the FOTG Standard and Specification for the conservation practice, must also be met.

Cost-share or incentive payments will be issued to practices applied in compliance with the applicable standards and specifications. Incentive payments shall be limited to the number of years necessary for the participant to fully implement the practice, not to exceed three years. If the applicant has or will receive incentive payments for the same practice by another entity, they may not be eligible for an EQIP incentive payment.

Select a county to view the EQIP Application Evaluation Worksheet to find the conservation practices available for cost-share or incentive payments and the application evaluation that was used.

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 North Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact North Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Jennifer C. Heglund
ND State Office
220 East Rosser Avenue P.O. Box 1458
Bismarck, North Dakota  58502
Phone: 701-530-2095
Fax: 701-530-2110


Service Area

National Program