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Environmental Quality Incentives Program 2011

Alabama Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 2011

Program DescriptionNotill through EQIP.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a USDA program that provides payments to participants to address significant natural resource concerns on agricultural lands.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) operate through local work groups to provide leadership to identify county resource concerns based on watershed assessments, public involvement, and "optimize environmental benefits."

EQIP funds are awarded to landowners/users who agree to implement conservation/environmental practices and systems through a contracting process. Practices and plans for EQIP are to treat the land to a sustainable level to address the primary national, state, and county resource concerns.

This voluntary conservation program addresses serious threats to soil, water, and related natural resources through contracts. EQIP provides geographically targeted technical, financial, and educational assistance to maximize environmental benefits.

You can apply for an EQIP contract at your local USDA Service Center. Applications are ranked and selected for funding in order to optimize environmental benefits. Batching dates may be announced as needed to rank and prioritize any new or unfunded application. Contact the local Service Center for further guidelines and details of the program.

Signup and Application Information

EQIP in Alabama will be implemented with three goals in mind:

  • To address the most severe resource concerns within the state through prudent and judicious use of EQIP funds
  • To place decisions and implementation responsibilities at the lowest level possible by involving locally led partners in the decision making process
  • To provide oversight and program management that is consistent with accomplishing national EQIP goals and objectives

Each county in Alabama will operate as an EQIP pool area. The local work group will advise NRCS on implementation of the regular EQIP within that county. Each county will select the practices from the list of state approved EQIP practices that will be offered within the county and the payment rates are the same for the county as the state.

A nationally developed ranking tool will be used to rank applications for funding. The local workgroup will advise NRCS on county resource ranking priorities. Copies of ranking tools are available at the local field office. The practice payment schedule is available below.  

Eligible producers may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.  Socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.  In addition, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers can receive up to 30 percent advanced payment for purchasing materials or contracting.

Note: All participants that certify eligibility as a farmer or rancher under the New and Beginning, Limited Resource, Small Scale, or Socially Disadvantaged groups will provide all records necessary to justify their claim as requested by a NRCS representative. It is the responsibility of the participant to provide accurate data to support all items addressed in the application at the request of NRCS. False certifications are subject to criminal and civil fraud statutes.

2011 EQIP Programs

Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) NRCS national site that contains general information about AWEP, a component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The 2009 Request for Proposals for AWEP can be found at the bottom of the page. (will open in a new window)

2011 Alabama EQIP Programs

State Wide Resource Concerns

Grants

EQIP Conservation Practice, Signup, and Ranking Documents

Additional EQIP Resources

 These documents may require Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Excel.

Tornado Disaster Practice Payment Schedule 2011 (.doc, 127 KB, .xls, 53 kb)
Tornado Disaster Practice Payment Schedule-Historically Underserved 2011  (.doc, 127 KB, .xls, 53 kb)

Practice Payment Schedule 2011 (.pdf 218 KB, .xls 75 kb)
Practice Payment Schedule-Historically Underserved 2011  (.pdf 218 KB, .xls 75 kb)

Conservation Program Application and Appendix - NRCS-CPA-1200 (English) (PDF, 35 KB)
       Spanish Version of Application and Appendix
Power of Attorney (Form 211 and 211a - FSA and NRCS) (PDF, 368 KB)
Direct Deposit (Form SF-1199a) (PDF, 109 KB)

National NRCS EQIP Information 

Success Stories and News Releases

Some of these documents require Adobe Reader.  If you have problems opening a .pdf document, contact fay.garner@al.usda.gov.

Sand Mountain Farmer Committed to Conservation (3-11)
Recycling and NRCS Becomes A Way of Life For Morgan County Producer (3/11)
Hoop House Installed in Madison County (3/11)
Organic Conservation Activity Plan Brings Life To An Organic Idea in Morgan County (3/11)
Dallas County Farmers Experience Hoop House Success (2-11)
They Teach "Old" Farmers "New Tricks" - GSP (Precision Ag) Workshop Aids Farmers (Wade Hill-Marion County NRCS (AL Cooperative Farming News, May 2010
Farmer Uses Hoop Houses, ACES Publication (.pdf 1.8 MB)
EQIP Helps Madison County Landowner (11-08)
Fort Payne’s Kitty Curington Includes Conservation Projects in Her Busy Schedule (Dekalb-Sand Mountain/Lake Guntersville Watershed Conservation District) (10-08)
Invasive Species Control Plays Vital Role on Covington County Farm (9-08)
Tuskegee Turf Farm Battles Drought with More Efficient Irrigation (PDF), (on-line in html, Alabama Cooperative Farming News, February 2008 (Fay Garner, Public Affairs Assistant, NRCS, Auburn, AL)  (text only) 
Crop Tree Release: A Management Method to Consider (10-06)
USDA Offers Energy Cost Offset For Completion Of EQIP Practices (1-24-06) HTML  
Wyers Takes Advantage of the EQIP Program (Wyers, Walker Co), Poultry and Egg 11/05 (PDF)
Growing a Farm and Passing on a Heritage (Jones, Autauga Co) Cooperative Farming News 7/05 (PDF)
Water for Grazing System (Hendrix, Winston Co), Cooperative Farming News 4/05 (PDF)
Is it Worth It?--You Betcha! (Lowery, Russell Co), Cooperative Farming News 3/05 (PDF)
Good for Man and Good for the Cows (Johnson, Russell Co), Cooperative Farming News, 11/04 (PDF)
EQIP Funds Improve Water Quality Plus Quantity for Livestock (Manring, Covington Co), Cooperative Farming News 4/04; Land and Water 5-6/04; Forage Leader 8/04 (PDF)
New Job, Same Principles (Clark, Lawrence Co), Cooperative Farming News 2/05 (PDF)
Innovative Solutions to Problems (Hooper, Winston Co), Cooperative Farming News 10/04 (PDF)
Landowner Accomplishes Goals with EQIP Assistance in Lee County (PDF, 239 KB)
EQIP Helps Covington County Farmer (PDF, 143 KB)
EQIP Helps Walker County Landowner (PDF, 187 KB)
Thirsty Animals (Mullican, Lawrence Co), not published (PDF)
A Love and a Living (Hay, Talladega Co), not published (PDF)

Contact Information

Contact your local Service Center for further guidelines and details of the program.  

NRCS State Office contact Steve Musser, USDA–NRCS, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, phone: (334) 887-4503.