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14 Geneva Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Geneva 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. Any eligible landuser who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland or forestland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Geneva County USDA Service Center
1706 West Magnolia Ave.
Geneva, Alabama 36340
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone:  334-684-2235, Extension 3
Fax:  334-684-2964
Contact:  District Conservationist

The USDA Work Group has identified the resource concerns in Geneva County (in priority order) as:

  • Soil Quality/Erosion Control
  • Grazing Lands
  • Water Quality/Quantity
  • Forest Health/Wildlife

County-wide applications taken by October 18, 2013, will be ranked and funded using the NRCS Statewide Ranking Tool and approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points.

Any applications filed later than the scheduled batching dates will be deferred and considered for approval in subsequent batching dates if additional funding is received in fiscal year 2014.

Geneva County will use the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.

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

In addition to the state-wide restrictions, the following limits will be in effect for contracts using county allocation funds:

  • Residue Management (Conservation Tillage) – $3,200 limit per year, limit 2 years
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (sod based) – $10,000
  • Forage and Biomass Planting – $14,300
  • Fencing - $6,000

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.