KDWPT offers landowners EQIP program
Submitted by Tim Urban
Landowners interested in conservation and improving their property for wildlife may want to consider enrolling in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a federal farm bill program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm and ranch lands.
EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking, and approval of eligible applications. The cut-off date this year is Nov. 18. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers. To apply for EQIP or to get more information on the program, contact your local USDA Service Center.