Arizona Environmental Quality Incentives Program


The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. EQIP is re-authorized through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).

EQIP can provide financial and technical assistance to plan and design such measures as:

  • Irrigation and water management, including such items as:  efficient irrigation upgrades, irrigation scheduling, tailwater recovery systems, etc.
  • Grazing management:  fencing, stockwater systems, range and pasture planting, etc.
  • Nutrient management:  manure storage structures, planned nutrient applications, soil testing, etc.
  • Pest management:  crop and pest monitoring activities, planned pesticide applications, etc.
  • Erosion control:  grade control structures, diversions, water and sediment control basins,
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement: stream buffers, fish screens, fish passage, upland wildlife habitat establishment, etc.

These and the many other measures included in EQIP can help producers accomplish a variety of operational goals, which may include:

  • Improvements to the long-term productivity and sustainability of an agricultural operation;
  • Improved condition of crops and forage for livestock;
  • Reduced costs for fuel, labor, fertilizers and pesticides;
  • Energy efficient systems and field operations; and
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements.

EQIP Program Initiatives:


An applicant for EQIP must be a producer engaged in livestock or crop production and be determined to be an eligible producer by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The land offered for EQIP must be determined to be eligible by NRCS. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture land; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. All practices must be implemented according to NRCS technical standards. Any practice started prior to having an approved EQIP contract will not be eligible for financial assistance. Any producer that has an EQIP contract that provides financial assistance for a waste storage facility will be required to develop a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) prior to receiving their payment for the waste storage facility.


Eligible producers may sign up for EQIP on eligible land at any time at their local USDA Service Center using the Sign-Up/Pre-Application Tool. This will document that they have a resource concern relating to one or more of these ten Statewide priorities. Producers would then develop a site specific conservation plan detailing the producer’s decisions on addressing the resource concern. This conservation plan will outline the practices that will be included in the EQIP contract, and develop a schedule of practice implementation.

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.

Contract will be from 1 through 10 years in length. A practice must be installed in the first 12 months of the contract. Following practice implementation the producer will request payment on a CCC-1245. NRCS, or a certified technical service provider, will certify that the practice was installed according to NRCS technical standards. FSA will issue the producer the payment. Producers will be required to maintain the practice for the expected life span as indicated on the CCC-1245. Annual status reviews will be handled according to the State Quality Assurance Plan.

Contact Arizona Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Dennis Kimberlin
Farm Bill Specialist
3003 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, Arizona  85012
Phone: (602) 280-8800
Fax: (602) 280-8809


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