Rotational Grazing Assistance:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Programs
AgBMP Loan Program

AgBMP Loan for Rotational Grazing:  In counties where Rotational Grazing qualifies for AgBMP Loans and funds are available, the loan has a 3% interest rate and helps finance the purchase of supplies and services needed to implement a Rotational Grazing system.  The loan may be combined with incentive or cost share payments from other programs.

AgBMP loan applications are typically accepted year-round.  To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.



Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP Payment for Rotational Grazing: Annual payment of $37/acre to carry out a prescribed grazing plan on 15 to 320 acres of permanent pasture, on farms with at least 10 animal units (10,000 lbs. live weight), for up to 3 years. The payment rate is the same for farmers applying under the EQIP Organic Initiative. Often combined with EQIP payments for pasture planting, fencing and livestock watering facilities, including development of water sources. Higher payment rates apply to Historically Underserved Participants. See EQIP Rotational Grazing payment details for more information.

EQIP applications are accepted anytime but there are deadlines for each funding cycle, typically one or two a year. To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil & Water Conservation District office.

State Cost-Share Program

Rotational Grazing Payment: A one-time cost share payment covering up to 75% of the eligible costs to create a watering facility in conjunction with filter strip establishment. Local SWCDs may set a payment rate lower than the statewide maximum of 75%. Higher cost share percentages may be targeted at areas identified with high priority erosion and water quality problems. 

See State Cost Share – Rotational Grazing Payment Details for more information. 

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

Local & Regional Programs

Special financial incentives are sometimes offered to landowners in a particular county or watershed for selected conservation practices for a limited time – usually as part of a special initiative funded by a federal or state grant. To find out if any special conservation incentives are offered in your area at this time, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District, watershed organization, county, Resource Conservation & Development office or other local contacts.

For examples of special local & regional offers or information about the enabling grant programs, click on Local & Regional Programs at the top of this column.

Other Programs

To browse other potential sources of financial or free technical assistance for Rotational Grazing, click Other Programs at the top of this column, with special attention to: Sustainable Ag & Working Land programs, especially the Sustainable Agriculture Loan and the Livestock Investment Pilot Loan programs.