West Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years. These contracts provide incentive payments and cost-shares to implement conservation practices. Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities are carried out according to an environmental quality incentives program plan of operations developed in conjunction with the producer that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the resource concerns. The practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local conditions.


Any producer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture land, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.


A continuous signup is conducted at all UDSA Service Centers in West Virginia, or may be done online. Ranking periods are established and all applications received before the ranking period cutoff date are evaluated and ranked according to local ranking criteria. The highest ranked applications are selected for funding with the dollars available. Applications received after the cutoff date are held for ranking in the next ranking period.

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 West Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact West Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program

William P. O'Donnell
75 High Street, Room 301
Morgantown, West Virginia  26505
Phone: 304-284-7543
Fax: 304-284-4839


Service Area

National Program