Maryland Environmental Quality Incentives Program

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps farmers and owners of agricultural land, including forest landowners, reduce pollution and improve natural resources. EQIP provides technical and financial assistance to help people plan, install and implement structural, vegetative and management conservation practices on agricultural land and forest land. Financial assistance is provided through practice payments based on average costs to implement conservation practices.

Payment rates are listed on the annual Practice Payment Rate Schedule. Limited resource Farmers, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers are eligible for higher payment rates. EQIP contracts can be as short as one year with a one year maintenance period. Most contracts are for work that can be completed within four years. Total financial assistance payments are limited to $300,000 per person or entity over the six-year period from 2009 through 2014, including payments from prior contracts and new payments from the 2008 Farm Bill.

EQIP State and Local Priorities

Maryland’s EQIP program incorporates environmental priorities as identified at the state and local levels into the selection of specific program options, as well as the factors, questions and screening tools used in the application ranking process. Ranking worksheets for each program option include evaluation questions that reflect national, state and local priorities.

Contact Maryland Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Tom Morgart
339 Busch's Frontage Road, Suite 301
John Hanson Business Center
Annapolis, Maryland  21401
Phone: (443) 482-2927
Fax: 410-757-0687 Fax


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Maryland

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