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14 DeKalb Co EQIP Executive Summary

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

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
DeKalb County USDA Service Center
200 Main Street West, Suite 105
Rainsville, Alabama 35986
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-638-6398 or 256-638-8873
Fax: 256-638-6955
Contact: District Conservationist

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

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

All applications will be ranked using the NRCS 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. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points, until all funds are obligated. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18, 2013. Any applications received after this date will be considered in the next pool of funding, if funds become available.

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

Limitations

  • Pasture Planting/Renovation (512) - $11,900
  • Farmstead Energy Improvements (374) - $30,000
  • Tree Planting (612) - $4,800
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490) - $6,150
  • Prescribed Burning (338) - $983
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561) - $11,000
  • Practice (591) - Amendment for the treatment of agricultural waste will have a limit of two poultry houses per producer
  • Waste Storage Facility (313) - $32,585

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.