Environmental Quality Incentives Program

EQIP is a federal program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and assisted by Benton SWCD. Although this is a federal program, the priorities for funding projects are a locally led process. Environmental concerns and project ranking for EQIP are determined by a local work group. This prioritization is completed in conjunction with the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) and other participants. This system provides an opportunity to utilize federal conservation program funds to address local resource concerns identified in the local water management plan.

EQIP provides technical assistance, cost-share payments, and incentive payments to assist crop, livestock, and other agricultural producers with environmental and conservation improvements to their operations. Incentive payments may be made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices. This program offers the opportunity to implement traditional approaches but also to use less traditional, alternative practices to protect our soil, water, and related resources.

Elgibile practices include:

  • Irrigation Water Management

  • Prescribed Grazing

  • Invasive Species Management

  • Waste Storage Facilities

  • Well Decommissioning

  • Windbreak Establishment