Arkansas Environmental Quality Incentives Program

General Program Description

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program process in Arkansas was derived from a local led and partners effort. With the help of partners and locally led groups the Natural Resources Conservation Service identified eight funding categories. EQIP will also give additional attention to groundwater decline problems, and increased assistance for forestry landowners.

Applications for EQIP are taken at a local USDA Field Service Center. The 2010 sign up period ended Jan. 15, 2010.  NRCS, with the assistance from the farmer/rancher, will determine individual environmental ranking points.

Once the above process is completed, all ranked applications will be entered into Protracts at the local offices.  The NRCS State Office will then select applications for funding according to procedures described on this site. Anyone selected for funding will need to work closely with NRCS to develop a plan within strict time frames that will be provided upon notice of selection.

Primary Issues Addressed by EQIP

EQIP continues to address those primary resource concerns that were identified by locally led groups.  These are:

  • Water Quality, animal waste;
  • Water Quality, sediment, including erosion control;
  • Water Quantity, irrigation (especially groundwater decline) ;
  • Soil Quality, erosion;
  • Plant Health, forests;
  • Water Quality, forests;
  • Plant Health, grazing land;
  • Wildlife Habitat concerns

Practice List and Payment Rates

2010 EQIP Practice List and Payment Rates (PDF; 15 KB)
2010 EQIP Practice List and Payment Rates (Historically Underserved) (PDF; 16 KB)
2010 EQIP Organic Practice List and Payment Rates (PDF; 428 KB)
2010 EQIP Organic Practice List and Payment Rates (Historically Underserved) (PDF; 428 KB)


Individuals or entities engaged in livestock or agricultural production may participate in EQIP. However some circumstances that may limit an individual or entity are Federal and State government and political subdivisions, compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions, Adjusted Gross Income provisions in 7 CFR 1400, Subpart G, and payment limitations.

Land on which agricultural commodities or livestock are produced is eligible for EQIP. Eligible Lands include: Cropland, Rangeland, Grassland, Pasture Land, Private (non-industrial forestland, and Other land which the Secretary determines poses a serous threat to soil, air, water, or related resources. Eligible land will not be eligible for financial assistance for irrigation practices if the land has not been irrigated for 2 out the last 5 years. Land may be considered for enrollment if privately owned, Publicly owned under certain conditions, and Tribal.

Contact Arkansas Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Corey Farmer
Resource Conservationist
700 West Capitol Ave.
Room 3416, Federal Building
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
Phone: (501) 301-3122
Fax: (501) 301-3194


Service Area

National Program

Office Locaters

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Cheney Lake Water Quality Project
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