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14 Butler Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Butler County, Alabama, is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 fiscal year.  The signup is held on a continuous basis.

Any eligible land user who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, animal agriculture or non-industrial forestland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at the following location:

USDA-NRCS
320-C Greenville By-Pass
Greenville, Alabama 36037
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 334-382-8538, Extension 3
Fax:  334-382-8845
Contact:  District Conservationist

 The local resource concerns that have been selected in Butler County in order of priority are:

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

All applications will be ranked using the Alabama NRCS Statewide 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. Applications will be batched and ranked.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18, 2013. Any applications filed later than that date will be considered at the next batching date, dependent upon availability of funds.  Payment rates and restrictions for practice application will be according to the established state program and restrictions list.

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

Limitations

  • Conservation Crop Rotation (sod based rotation) will be limited to $20,000 per operation per contract.
  • Pasture Planting will be limited to $20,000 per operation per contract. 
  • Silvopasture Establishment limited to $15,000 per operation per contract.
  • Tree planting 612 limited to $4,200 loblolly pine or $9,200 longleaf pine
  • Site preparation acres cannot exceed tree planting acres
  • Forestland light to moderate release or thinning will be limited to $6,000 per operation per contract.
  • Prescribed burning limited to $6,000 per operation per contract.
  • Fencing will be limited to predominately permanent grass pasture.
  • 314 and 315 treatment of invasive species limited to 1 year of treatment.

Eligible Practices

  • 313 Waste Storage Facility (dry stack)
  • 314 Brush Management (Tallow tree control)
  • 315 Herbaceous Weed Control (Cogongrass/Kudzu control/Cherokee and Multifloral Rose)
  • 316 Animal Mortality Facility
  • 317 Composting Facility
  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation (grass based rotation)
  • 338 Prescribed Burning
  • 342 Critical Area Planting
  • 360 Closure of Waste Impoundments
  • 362 Diversion
  • 367 Roofs and Covers (Drystack)
  • 381 Silvopasture
  • 382 Fence (cross fence only)
  • 394 Firebreak
  • 410 Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 412 Grassed Waterway
  • 441 Irrigation System
  • 466 Land Smoothing
  • 472 Access Control
  • 484 Mulching
  • 490 Forest Site Preparation
  • 512 Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • 516 Pipeline 
  • 561 Heavy Use Area Protection
  • 574 Spring Development  (Prescribed Grazing Systems)
  • 575 Animal Trails and Walkways
  • 578 Stream Crossing
  • 590 Nutrient Management – Precision Ag
  • 595 Pest Management – Precision Ag
  • 600 Terrace
  • 612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
  • 614 Watering Facility
  • 620 Underground Outlet
  • 638 Water and Sediment Control Basin
  • 642 Water Well
  • 643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Species
  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • 666 Forest Stand Improvement
  • 749 Waste Field Storage
  • 798 Seasonal High Tunnel House

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.