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Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District

1103 South Goyer Road
Kokomo, Indiana 46902
(765)-457-2114 Ext. 3

Indiana Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national 
goals.  EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of ten years.  These contracts provide incentive payments and cost-shares to implement conservation practices.  Persons who are engaged in livestock or 
agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program.  EQIP activities are carried out according to an environmental quality incentives program plan of operations developed in conjunction with the producer that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to 
address the resource concerns.  The practices are subject to NRCS technical standards adapted for local conditions.  The local conservation district approves the plan.

EQIP incentive payments may be provided for up to three years to encourage producers to carry out management practices they may not otherwise use without the incentive.  However, limited resource producers and beginning farmers and ranchers may be eligible for higher cost-share rates.  Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified technical service provider for technical assistance.  An individual or entity may not receive, directly or indirectly, cost-share or incentive payments that, in the aggregate, exceed $450,000 for all EQIP contracts entered during the term of the Farm Bill.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural 
production and environmental quality as compatible national goals.  EQIP offers financial and technical 
help to assist eligible participants to install or implement structural and management practices on 
eligible agricultural land.

EQIP Indiana State Guidelines

EQIP Application Forms

For more information on the EQIP program or to make application for assistance through the 2007 
EQIP program, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.


*information received from Indiana NRCS EQIP Page


It is the policy of the Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District, that all persons shall have equal opportunity and access to the programs and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.
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