Mississippi Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

EQIP provides cost sharing to help farmers with manure storage and conservation practices. Two EQIP sign-ups are currently underway: the statewide sign-up for waste storage facilities, and the county sign-ups for conservation practices. All sign-ups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Mississippi.  

Based on county resource assessments, the following five state resource concerns have been identified as priorities for 2011.

1. Water Quality Sedimentation
2. Water Quality Animal Waste
3. Water Quantity
4. Sustainable Forestry
5. Grazing Lands

For FY 2011, there will be two additional incentives for Small Scale Farmers and for Poultry Litter Distribution. A ranking tool will prioritize applications based on the resource concerns that each county selected. The tool ranks applications on a county wide basis, not statewide. The unit rate of compensation shall be higher for Beginning Farmer and Limited Resource Farmer.

A county allocation will be made each year based on a state formula, which includes the county request, previous funding demand and performance, priority resource concerns and other related factors.  The USDA-LWG will determine the percent of allocation among the county resource concerns to meet priorities prior to initiating a signup.  Final allocations to counties and special initiatives will be determined after receiving the states allocations. 


Any farmer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP.  EQIP contracts may be for a tract, farm or multiple farms.  Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pasture; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Sign Up

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.

Contact Mississippi Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Kurt Readus
Acting Asst. State Conservation (Programs)
100 W. Capitol Street, Suite 1321 Federal Bldg.
Jackson, Mississippi  39269
Phone: (601) 965-4335
Fax: (601) 965-965-4940


Service Area

National Program

Office Locaters

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