EnvironmEntal improvEmEnt program
usDa natural resources Conservation service • nevada • 1365 Corporate blvd. • reno, nv 89502 • (775) 857-8500
an Equal opportunity Employer and provider
This fact sheet is intended to help agricultural producers apply for and participate in the
Environmental Improvement Program offered by the USDA provisions of the Farm Bill. There
are several steps to follow when applying for, and after being accepted into, the program. NRCS
specialists are available to help participants throughout this process.
You, the participant, must complete and submit the following forms:
• Conservation Program Contract Application (CPA-1200)
• Appendix to the Contract Application (CPA-1202)
• Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026)
Payment Eligibility Average Adjusted Gross Income Certification (CCC-526)
• Member’s Information (CCC-501A) if he/she represents a business classified as an entity
or joint operation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Things You Should Know When Applying for EIP:
• You must have control of the land for the period specified in your contract.
• You will not be eligible for contract payments for:
practices that are required to meet Highly Erodible Land and Wetland compliance,
practices that are included in maintenance agreements,
practices or structures that are not included in the state cost list,
new practices that were applied with cost-share assistance through other USDA cost-
share programs or
other expenses not covered under Farm Bill programs.
• Your land is not eligible if it is subject to a deed or other restriction prohibiting the
application of the conservation plan and associated practices.
• You are responsible for obtaining the authorities, permits, easements, or other approvals
necessary for the implementation,