The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Elmore County, Alabama, will hold a continuous signup period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. Any eligible land user who has an approved resource concern may apply for assistance through this program.
Interested individuals may file an application at:
Elmore County NRCS Field Office
USDA Service Center
105 Gossom Switch Road
Wetumpka, Alabama 36092
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by appointment
Phone: 334-567-2264, extension 101
Contact: District Conservationist
The USDA Advisory Work Group listed the resource concerns for Elmore County as follows:
Irrigation Water Management
Forestry and Wildlife
Water Quality/Animal Waste
Applicants will be rated on a priority rating of high, medium, low, and none. All applicants rated as high will be funded first, medium second; low third; and none, if funds are available. One application for one resource concern will be accepted for funding in the county EQIP signup, if there is more than one resource concern that the applicant is interested in having funded, they must choose which resource concern is of the highest priority for them to try and get funded.
A high priority will be given to applicants selecting one practice to address a resource concern, a medium priority to applicants selecting two practices, a low priority to applicants selecting 3 practices and an applicant selecting 4 or more practices will be rated none.
All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2014 EQIP ranking tool. Approved applications will be those that provide the greatest environmental points. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points.
The first batching period will end on October 18, 2013. Any applications received after this date will be considered in the next batching pool if funds are available.
Elmore County will use the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule for planned conservation practices used to address the resource concerns. Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment schedule. Date of application will be the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker will be watershed assessment ranking. Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.
Loblolly pine trees planted under the EQIP Program will be on a spacing of 8’ x 10’, with 545 trees per acre. Actual spacing on the ground may vary as much as plus or minus 10% of the planned spacing.
All tree planting is limited to $8,215.00 per contract. County funds will only be used for Loblolly Pine, no Longleaf will be funded with county funds.
Woodland practices are limited to $39,000 per contract. For Loblolly Pines only.
For ranking purposes, the application of practices 490, 612, 338, and 394 is considered to be a single practice.
If prescribed burning were requested, then 338 and 394 is considered as one practice.
If thinning and burning is required, it will be considered one practice.
For ranking purposes, the installation of a pipeline, trough, and water source that provides water for livestock is considered to be a single practice.
Perimeter fencing will not be funded, unless it is used to exclude a creek or river, except for small ruminants grazing system, and this is limited to 20 acres of woodland grazing. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
No-till applications are limited to $6,757.50 per contract where technology has never been adopted, or going to a higher rate of residue management. This 2-year incentive payment and will be considered a system and be scored and ranked as a single practice.
For ranking purposes, the application of a cover crop (340) with Residue Management (329, no-till, strip till, ridge till etc.) will be considered as a single practice, as will the application of a terrace or terraces with a water disposal system.
Invasive Species control will be limited to $9,724.00 per contract; this is a two-year incentive payment and is considered a system and will be scored and ranked as a single practice. See program handbook for species. Add the Trifoliate Orange to the county list.eral Hog Trapping practice 645G will be exempt as a practice when combined with another practice.
Subsurface irrigation will be limited to 25 acres.