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14 Walker Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Walker County, Alabama, will hold a signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis.

Any eligible land user who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, forestland, or hay land may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

Walker County NRCS Field Office
1710 Alabama Avenue, Room 207
Carl Elliot Building
Jasper, Alabama 35501
Phone: 205-387-1879
Fax: 205-302-0779
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Contact: District Conservationist

All applications will be ranked according to the national 2014 EQIP ranking tool. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points from the ranking tool.  An applicant will only be able to apply for one resource concern in the county-wide fund pool, but can apply in as many state-wide funding pools as he/she is eligible for.

The USDA work group has prioritized the resource concerns in Walker County as:

  1. Grazing Lands
  2. Forestry and Wildlife
  3. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  4. Erosion/Soil Quality
  5. Irrigation Water Management

Applicants will be given a priority ranking within each resource concern based upon the cost of the contract.

High Priority - below $5,000
Medium Priority - $5,000 - $10,000

Low Priority - above $10,000

Applications will then be funded using an alternating resource concern method, which will fund the highest ranking applicant, in the HIGH priority, in the first resource concern.  The next to be funded will be the highest ranking applicant, in the HIGH priority, in the second resource concern, and so on until all HIGH priority applicants are funded. Then, the highest ranking applicant, in the MEDIUM priority, in the first resource concern, followed by the highest ranking applicant, in the MEDIUM priority in the second resource concern, and so on until all MEDIUM priority applicants are funded.  LOW priority applicants will be funded in the same way.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end October 18, 2013. Additional batching periods will be used, if funds remain available. Any application filed after a batching date will be considered in the next pool of funding.

All conservation practices will be the same as in the 2014 Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule. Planned conservation practices used to address the resource concerns will come from this list, as will the resulting payment rate for these practices. Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Limitations

  • No single practice shall exceed $10,000 for county-wide applicants.
  • No single practice shall exceed $12,000 for historically underserved applicants.
  • Longleaf Planting will be restricted to containerized seedlings.
  • No payment will be made for any single component of a watering system until all applicable practices are installed.  (i.e. pipeline, HUA – Heavy Use Area, trough, well, well pump, pond, watering ramp, fence)
  • Any permanent trough installed must be placed directly on a concrete pad with a heavy use area around it sized according to livestock type.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.