USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites landowners to learn more about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. This includes improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented, and contracts can last up to ten years in duration. EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and is open to all eligible agricultural producers. To learn more and apply for EQIP, contact your local NRCS office.