Federal Programs:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program  provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers and ranchers in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. The program is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation. The purposes of the program are achieved through the implementation of a conservation plan, which includes structural, vegetative, and land management practices on eligible land. Five- to ten-year contracts are made with eligible producers. Cost-share payments may be made to implement one or more eligible structural or vegetative practices, such as animal waste management facilities, terraces, filter strips, tree planting, and permanent wildlife habitat. Incentive payments can be made to implement one or more land management practices, such as nutrient management, pest management, and grazing land management.

Fifty percent of the funding available for the program will be targeted at natural resource concerns relating to livestock production. The program is carried-out primarily in priority areas that may be watersheds, regions, or multi-state areas, and for significant statewide natural resource concerns that are outside of geographic priority areas. 

Forest Incentives Program (FIP)

The Forestry Incentives Program (FIP) supports good forest management practices on privately owned, non-industrial forest lands nationwide. FIP is designed to benefit the environment while meeting future demands for wood products. Eligible practices are tree planting, timber stand improvement, site preparation for natural regeneration, and other related activities. FIP is available in counties designated by a Forest Service survey of eligible private timber acreage.

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land.  Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.  WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed. 

WHIP has proven to be a highly effective and widely accepted program across the country.  By targeting wildlife habitat projects on all lands and aquatic areas, WHIP provides assistance to conservation  minded landowners who are unable to meet the specific eligibility requirements of other USDA conservation programs. 

The Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, Section 387, amended the 1985 Food Security Act (Farm Bill) authorizing WHIP as a voluntary approach to improving wildlife habitat in our Nation.  Program administration of WHIP is provided under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

The website is in great detail about the program.  Please look at Continuous CRP.  Call our office at (336) 318-6490 for more information.  Click here for a second website for more information.


Contact Information
  • Hours:
    8am - 5pm M-F
  • 2222-A S Fayetteville St
    Asheboro, NC 27203   map
  • Main:
  • 336.318.6490
  • Fax:
  • 336.636.7691
  • The Randolph Soil and Water Conservation District Board meet once every month on the third Thursday at 8:00 a.m. 
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