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EQIP funds vary by ERS Region

About $2.5 billion has been obligated under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from its inception in fiscal 1997 through the end of fiscal 2004. EQIP is the Nation’s largest program that pays farmers for conservation efforts on working lands, in terms of obligated funds. Payments are distributed among ERS Farm Resource Regions based on Federal, State and local priorities for protecting environmental resources, including water quality, water conservation, and soil conservation. ERS Farm Resource Regions express geographic variation in terms of the natural resource base, products produced, and financial performance of farms.