Program

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Category

Agriculture

Subsidy Type

Mandatory

Committees of Jurisdiction

Senate Agriculture Committee

$1,486 FY 16 Budget Score (in mil.)
$14,950 FY 16-25 Budget Score (in mil.)

EQIP provides technical assistance, cost-share payments, and other incentive payments to assist crop and livestock producers with environmental and conservation improvements on agricultural land used. The 2008 Farm Bill removed the limitation on the number of animals a producer could have and still qualify for EQIP, enabling many large-scale producers of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to receive taxpayer subsidies for cleaning up the waste that inevitably collects because of their operations. The 2014 farm bill mandates that sixty percent of EQIP funding go to livestock producers, continuing this practice.

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