When Are EQIP Applications Due in 2023?

November 29, 2022

Don’t miss out on funding for your farm. Stay up to date on the EQIP deadlines for your agricultural business.

What is EQIP?

EQIP, or the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm funding program that enables producers to adopt conservation practices on the farm. As the USDA prioritizes natural resource concerns, it offers up to $80,000 in financial and technical assistance so farmers, ranchers and producers can adopt conservation activities such as cover crops, fencing, nutrient management, high tunnels, natural pesticides and rotational grazing.

When Is the EQIP Application Deadline for Your State?

While EQIP is a national program, each state has its own deadline, and fiscal year 2023 (FY23) deadlines are well under way. In fact, many of those deadlines passed in 2022. What’s more? There can be up to four deadlines per fiscal year depending on your state!

Notice Massachusetts for example. In the table below, you’ll see that the state has two deadlines, meaning it has one cutoff for two different rounds of funding. These deadlines are constantly changing so be sure to sign up for funding alerts so you don't miss a date. You can also check to see if you're eligible for EQIP funding with our 5-minute Eligibility Quiz.

Keep in mind: although there are EQIP deadlines, you can submit an application year-round. If you need help with your application or understanding when is best to submit, try FarmRaise Premium and we’ll hook you up with a Farm Funding Advisor who will walk you through the entire process.

Check out our chart below to find the 2023 deadline for your state:

State or Territory EQIP Application Deadline
Alabama November 18, 2022
Alaska November 18, 2022, January 24, 2023
Arizona December 16, 2022
Arkansas November 4, 2022
California December 9, 2022
Colorado December 1, 2022
Connecticut November 31, 2022
Delaware March 17, 2023, May 19, 2023
District of Columbia TBD
Florida October 7, 2022
Georgia March 31, 2023
Hawaii TBD
Idaho April 7, 2023
Illinois January 6, 2023
Indiana December 16, 2023
Iowa March 18, 2023
Kansas November 4, 2022
Kentucky November 4, 2022
Louisiana November 19, 2022
Maine February 24, 2023
Maryland TBD
Massachusetts February 17, 2023, May 19, 2023
Michigan December 2, 2022
Minnesota November 18, 2022
Mississippi October 28, 2022
Missouri November 18, 2022
Montana October 28, 2022
Nebraska November 18, 2022
Nevada November 30, 2022
New Hampshire November 30, 2022
New Jersey September 23, 2022, 2023 TBD
New Mexico November 18, 2022
New York TBD
North Carolina October 14, 2022
North Dakota February 3, 2023
Ohio November 14, 2022
Oklahoma December 9, 2022
Oregon November 18,2022
Pennsylvania January 1, 2023, March 1, 2023, May 1, 2023
Puerto Rico Janurary 20, 2023
Rhode Island December 16, 2022
South Carolina October 14, 2022
South Dakota TBD
Tennessee November 18, 2022
Texas November 4, 2022
Utah October 14, 2022
Vermont November 18, 2022
Virginia November 4, 2022
Washington October 13, 2022
West Virginia December 16, 2022
Wisconsin November 4, 2022
Wyoming November 23, 2022

For more information about how the program works, read this FarmRaise guide to EQIP.

Those dates are for the EQIP but what about the EQIP Cover Crop Initiative?

2023 EQIP Cover Crop Initiative Deadlines

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets aside a little less than $40 million to help producers adopt the practice of cover cropping on your farms. There are so many pros to trying out cover cropping like curbing your erosion problem, improving your soils, discouraging pests and saving the environment. That's great for the future of your farm.

Here's the thing though. Even though it’s a part of the 2018 farm bill, it was only piloted in 11 states just last year. Why? Because they were chosen as testing grounds to see if the program would take off. So far, we haven’t gotten word about whether the program will continue or not.

If you live or operate your farm in any of the states below, check out these dates for the 2022 EQIP Cover Crop Initiative. If the program is renewed, it’s likely that your state’s CCI deadline will be within a few weeks of that date. And of course, check back here or sign up for funding alerts for the most timely updates about the program. You can also reach out to your local USDA service center for more details.

State EQIP Cover Crop Initiative Deadline
Arkansas January18
California April 1
Georgia January 24
Louisiana February 2
Maryland April 1
Michigan January 12
Mississippi January 24
Missouri February 25
Montana February 18
Pennsylvania January 28
South Dakota January 14
Wyoming March 4

Finding funding for your farm can be tough, but FarmRaise is here to make the application process easier so you can get back to what matters – your farm!

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