Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Arizona
About the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide 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. Additional information about this environmental improvement program can be found on the NRCS National Website. For application assistance and sign up deadlines please contact your local NRCS office.
Those who are interested in EQIP should work with the local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you want on your land. Those who have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those who consider applying for EQIP for the first time should schedule a meeting with NRCS to discuss their options and develop a conservation plan before moving forward.
Local NRCS conservationists will help you develop a conservation plan, identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the EQIP signup options available in Arizona.
2013 Regular EQIP
EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts that help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. EQIP also provides for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant animal, air and related resources on agricultural land as well as helps producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations. EQIP applications can be submitted to local NRCS offices at any time during the year. Applications to be considered for fiscal year 2013 funding must be submitted by January 18, 2013. Interested applicants should contact their local NRCS field office.
2013 Air Quality
Conservation funding to assist producers address air quality concerns. This initiative is only available to producers in Arizona’s following counties, Cochise, Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma.
2013 Seasonal High Tunnels
Natural resource benefits from using tunnel structures may include: improved plant quality, improved soil quality, and improved water quality through methods such as reduced nutrient and pesticide transport. During the pilot period, eligible agricultural producers may apply for EQIP financial assistance for high tunnels, but only for manufactured tunnels covering up to 2,178 square feet (approximately 30 ft x 72 ft) per farming operation. The high tunnel will have an expected practice life of 4 years.
2013 Energy Initiative
Conservation funding for energy-related conservation activities is available to producers in Arizona. Financial and technical assistance is available through the On-Farm Energy Audit/Implementation Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
2013 Organic Initiative
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arizona has funding available
to assist organic farming operations and individuals transitioning to organic
2013 Water Quality Initiative
A program under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through which NRCS will assist producers to improve water quality on their farm or ranch in a priority watersheds.
EQIP Funding Selection and Priorities
Priorities for EQIP funding are established with input from Arizona’s strong
conservation partnership based on locally identified natural resource needs
consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. EQIP applications are
evaluated based on county priorities and are then prioritized for funding.
Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking
criteria are prioritized for funding.
For More Information
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs