Environmental Quality Incentive Program
Conservation Incentive Program Fact Sheet

Prepared by Virginia State Technical Advisory Committee.

Program Description and Requirements

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) was established in the 1996 Farm Bill to provide a single voluntary conservation program for farmers and landowners to address significant natural resource needs and objectives. This program replaces the Agricultural Conservation Program (ACP) and the Water Quality Incentive Program (WQIP).

Approximately 65% of the EQIP funding for the state of Virginia is directed toward “Priority Areas.” These areas are selected by the State Technical Committee based on proposals submitted by the locally led conservation work group. The proposal describes serious and critical environmental needs and concerns of an area or watershed, and the corrective action they desire to take to address these needs and concerns.

The remaining 35% of the funds are directed toward statewide priority concerns of environmental needs.

EQIP offers 5 to 10-year contracts to landowners and farmers to provide cost-share assistance and/or incentive payments to implement conservation practices and address the priority concerns statewide or in the priority area.

Eligibility is limited to persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production. Eligible land includes cropland, pasture, and other agricultural land in a priority areas or if the land has an environmental need that matches one of the statewide concerns.

All programs, activities, and services of the conservation partnership are available to people on a nondiscriminatory basis regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical ability, political affiliation, and marital or familial status. We are all equal opportunity employers.

Last modified 2007-07-12