Washington Environmental Quality Incentive Program

Program Description

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) supports production agriculture and environmental quality by providing farmers with financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

NRCS administers EQIP based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with national EQIP priorities. Local Work Groups (LWG) convened by the Conservation Districts provide advice to NRCS about local priorities within their local area. With this advice, NRCS evaluates applications for funding EQIP contracts consistent with these local, state and national priorities.  

Washington state priority resource concerns have been identified as;

  • Surface water quality concerns such as temperature and/or agricultural pollutants
  • Soil erosion
  • Threatened and Endangered Species, mainly aquatic
  • Air Quality, (Odor and PM10)
  • Water quantity
  • Livestock distribution

The most commonly used conservation practices utilized to meet Washington State's goals and objectives:

  • Animal Waste Storage Facilities
  • Irrigation Conversion from furrow irrigation to more efficient irrigation systems
  • Practices and Components of a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan
  • Nutrient Management
  • Residue Management such as No-Till or Direct Seeding
  • Conservation Buffers
  • Pest Management
  • Prescribed Grazing


Any producer engaged in livestock or crop production on eligible land may apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland; rangeland; pastureland; private non-industrial forestland; and other farm or ranch lands as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

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Landowners first contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. NRCS staff will meet with the landowner to discuss the landowners ideas and discuss alternatives and recommendations. Together a conservation plan is developed that incorporates the landowner’s objectives with ideas to help make their resources more sustainable.

If conservation practices are identified as needed, a landowner can decide to apply to any one a handful of conservation programs offered by USDA. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers cost share assistance up to 75% for installing new conservation practices or incentive payments for trying new management techniques.

To apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), just fill out the Conservation Program Contract Form CCC-1200 and contact your local USDA Service Center.

Contact Washington Environmental Quality Incentive Program

Dave Brown
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
316 W. Boone Ave., Suite 450
Spokane, Washington  99201
Phone: (509) 323-2971
Fax: (509) 323-2909


Service Area

National Program

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