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14 Coffee Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Coffee County, Alabama, will hold a sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 fiscal year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis. Landowners/land users who have concerns relating to Soil Erosion/Soil Quality, Grazing Land, Water Quality/Animal Waste, Forestry Health and Wildlife may apply.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Coffee County USDA Service Center
3 Coffee County Office Complex
New Brockton, Alabama 36351
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone:  334-894-5581, Extension 3
Fax:  334-894-2081
Contact:  District Conservationist

The USDA Work Group has identified the following resource concerns in Coffee County and all have equal priority:

Soil Erosion/Soil Quality

  1. Grazing Lands
  2. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  3. Forest Health and Wildlife

County funds will be divided among the resource concerns as follows:

  • Soil Erosion/Soil Quality – 30%
  • Grazing Lands – 30%
  • Water Quality/Animal Waste – 20%
  • Forest Health and Wildlife – 20%

For all resource concerns, the Work Group has placed high priority on single practice applications, medium priority on two-practice applications, and low priority on applications for three or more practices.

Within the Forest Health and Wildlife resource concern, applications for prescribed burning will receive high priority, applications for chemical release will receive medium priority, and all others will receive low priority. 

All applications in all resource concerns, taken by October 18, 2013, will be batched and ranked using the Statewide EQIP Ranking Tool. Approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e., those receiving the most environmental points. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points until all funds are obligated. Any applications filed later than the scheduled batching date will be deferred and considered for approval in subsequent batching dates, if additional funding is received in fiscal year 2014.

Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Eligible practices are listed below. Payment schedules for eligible practices will be the same as those identified in the Alabama State Practice Payment Schedule below.

Eligible Practices

  • 316  Animal Mortality Facility
  • 317  Composting Facility
  • 328  Conservation Crop Rotation (Grass based rotation)
  • 340  Cover Crops
  • 342  Critical Area Planting
  • 362  Diversion
  • 382  Fence – Cross Fence Only
  • 386  Field Border
  • 393  Filter Strip
  • 394  Firebreak
  • 490  Forest Site Preparation (Silvopasture establishment only)
  • 666  Forest Stand Improvement
  • 410  Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 412  Grassed Waterway
  • 561  Heavy Use Area Protection
  • 460  Land Clearing
  • 466  Land Smoothing
  • 468  Lined Waterway or Outlet
  • 717  Livestock Shade Structure
  • 512  Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • 516  Pipeline
  • 378  Pond
  • 338  Prescribed Burning
  • 533  Pumping Plant
  • 329A Residue Management (no-till, strip till, direct seed)
  • 558  Roof Runoff Structure
  • 367  Roofs and Covers
  • 381  Silvopasture (planting perennial grass in open canopy forest land only)
  • 574  Spring Development
  • 578  Stream Crossing
  • 600  Terrace
  • 612  Tree and Shrub Establishment  (Silvopasture establishment only)
  • 620  Underground Outlet
  • 645  Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (Hog Traps)
  • 749  Waste Field Storage
  • 313  Waste Storage Facility (dry stack barn only)
  • 638  Water and Sediment Control Basin
  • 642  Water Well
  • 614  Watering Facility

The following practices are limited to the amount shown:

  • Animal Mortality Facility - $13,500
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (sod based rotation) - $12,150 Reg - $14,600 HU
  • Cover Crops - $13,900 – total for 2 years
  • Forest Stand Improvement (chemical release –aerial, ground, or hand) – $12,780 Reg - $15,300 HU
  • Forest Stand Improvement (prescribed burning) – $12,000
  • Forest Stand Improvement (precommercial thinning – mechanical heavy) – $11,238
  • Pasture and Hayland Planting – Sprigging – $12,870, Seeding – $12,935
  • Silvopasture Establishment (native grass) - $11,850 Reg - $14,200 HU
  • Waste Storage Facility (drystack) - $13,500

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.