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Alabama Producers Still Have Time to Sign-up for Drought Assistance

 August 8, 2012

Drought CountiesUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett said “Alabama is one of 19 states experiencing extreme drought conditions.  NRCS is committed to providing financial and technical assistance to help eligible crop and livestock producers alleviate the drought’s impacts, and improve soil health and productivity.”   

Funding will be made available to Alabama producers through the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Applications received by August 10, 2012, will be considered during the first batching period.  Funds will be targeted toward primary and contiguous counties experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions based on the July 24, 2012, U.S. Drought Monitor:  Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dale, Elmore, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, and Tallapoosa.

Eligible producers can apply for selected conservation practices.  Examples of WHIP practices include re-forestation of longleaf pine stands and prescribed burning for fuel reduction Examples of EQIP practices include watering facilities, wells, ponds and pond renovations, cover crops, conservation tillage and mulch tillage, and rainwater harvesting on poultry houses. 

Eligible producers statewide can also request financial assistance to re-apply failed conservation practices due to the drought and modify existing contracts to re-schedule planned conservation practices.

For more information, interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. Individuals are not eligible for EQIP until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility requirements.  Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Farm Service Agency Office to begin this process.   NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.

Additional Links

News Release August 3, 2012 - Drought Assistance Available to Alabama Producers

National NRCS Drought Assistance Information