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14 Lamar Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Lamar County, Alabama, announces the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for the 2014 Fiscal Year. Any eligible land users who have an approved resource concern may apply for assistance through this program.

Visit your local NRCS office and make an application. Appointments are encouraged. Applications will be taken at the following Lamar County location:

145 Columbus Avenue NW, off the Courthouse Square
Vernon, Alabama 35592
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 205-695-7622
Fax: 205-695-6571
Contact: District Conservationist

The following resource concerns in Lamar County are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program.

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

All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2014 EQIP ranking tool.

Applicants will be rated on a priority rating of high, medium, low and none. All applicants rated as high will be funded first, and approved in order of their ranking score, medium - second, and approved in order of their ranking score; low - third and approved in order of their ranking score; and none as funds are available. An applicant will be able to apply for one resource concern and only one application in the county wide pool.

A high priority will be given to applicants selecting one practice to address a resource concern, a medium priority to applicants selecting two practices, a low priority to applicants selecting three practices and an applicant selecting four or more practices will be rated last.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end October 18, 2013. Any applications received after a batching, will be considered in the next batching pool if funds are available.

In the event of a tie between applications, the applications will be ranked by sign-up date. If the tie is not broken, the applications will then be ranked according to contract cost, with the lowest estimated contract cost ranking the highest.

All conservation practices in the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and payment Schedule will be available for use in solving the conservation needs on the farm. Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.

Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will receive a higher rate of financial assistance.

Treatment Stipulations

  • For ranking purposes, the following practices associated with reforestation are considered as one practice: 490-Forest Site Preparation, 612-Tree Planting, 338-Prescibed Burning (for site prep only), 394-Fire Break, and 666-Forest Stand Improvement (herbicide release after planting only).
  • These forestry practices associated with mid-rotation management is considered as one practice: 338-prescribed burning, 394-firebreak, 666-forest stand improvement (chemical ground release).
  • For ranking purposes, the following grazing land practices associated with installing a Watering Facility will be considered as one practice: 516-Pipeline, 614-Watering Facility, 561-Heavy Use Area Protection, and a water source that provides water for livestock.
  • For ranking purposes, the following erosion control/soil quality practices associated with classic and ephemeral gully treatment is considered as one practice: 410-Grade Stabilization Structure, 362-Diversion, 342-Critical Area Planting.
  • Perimeter Fencing will not be funded. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
  • Residue and Tillage Management (No-Till – Strip Till) applications will be limited to a maximum of $3,145 per contract.
  • Pasture and Hay Land Planting will be limited to a maximum of $10,000 per contract.
  • 315 - Herbaceous Weed Control (chemical ground) treatment will be limited to a maximum of $3,884 per contract.
  • Tree Planting will be limited to $10,400 per contract.
  • Water Quality/Animal Waste Applications will be limited to a $30,000 maximum per contract.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website