Using NRCS Technical and Financial Assistance for Agroforestry and Woody Crop Establishment Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

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ElderberriesLauren Cartwright
NRCS State EQIP Coordinator
Nate Goodrich
NRCS State Forester
Zhen Cai
Assistant Research Professor, Center for Agroforestry
Michael Gold
Associate Director, Center for Agroforestry

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is responsible for assisting landowners to improve our soil, water, air, plants, wildlife and energy use. Ensuring productive lands in harmony with a healthy environment is the vision of NRCS.

This publication describes the opportunities available to landowners interested in establishing agroforestry practices on their property. NRCS in Missouri offers a dedicated funding pool for Agroforestry and Woody Crop Establishment within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The core conservation practices associated with the EQIP Agroforestry and Woody Crop Establishment funding pool are:

  • alley cropping
  • multi-story cropping
  • riparian forest buffers
  • silvopasture
  • tree/shrub establishment
  • windbreak/shelterbelt establishment

These conservation practices may be utilized individually or in combination in different parts of the landscape depending on the landowner’s goals. Landowners have many resources at their disposal through the NRCS Conservation Technical Assistance and Financial Assistance opportunities. Establishing agroforestry on private land and managing these practices for aesthetic benefit, wildlife benefit, production benefit, or a combination of all three uses is consistent with NRCS goals and vision.


  • Agroforestry practices
  • Conservation
  • Financial assistance


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