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14 Chilton Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Chilton County, Alabama, announces the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for the 2014 Fiscal Year.  Any eligible land users who have an approved resource concern may apply for assistance through this program.

The following resource concerns in Chilton County are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program and are listed:

  1. Forestry and Wildlife
  2. Grazing Lands
  3. Erosion/Soil Quality
  4. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  5. Irrigation Water Management

Visit your local NRCS Office and make application. Appointments are encouraged. Applications will be taken at the following Chilton County location.

USDA-NRCS
114 County Road 756
Clanton, Alabama 35045
Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 205-646-0277
Fax: 205-646-3607
Contact: Soil conservationist

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 as funds are available.  One application per applicant with one resource concern for the county wide sign-up will be accepted. 

A high priority will be given to applicants selecting one practice with cost from 0-$5,000 to address a resource concern, a medium priority to applicants selecting one practice cost from $5,001 to $10,000, to address a resource concern and a low priority to applicants selecting one practice cost $10,001+ to address a resource concern and an applicant selecting more than one practice to address a resource concern will be rated none.

All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2014 EQIP ranking tool.

The first batching will be on October 18, 2013. Applications will be ranked and funded every 30 days as funds are available. Any applications received after a batching, will be considered in the next batching pool, if funds are available.

All contracts will be limited to 3 years in length inclusive of a 1-year maintenance period, unless special permission is given by the Assistant State Conservationist for Field Office Operations. This means that all practices will be completed and applied within the first two years of the contract with a one year maintenance period in the third year of the contract.

In the event of a tie between applications, the application will be ranked by sign-up date and secondary ties will be awarded using the County Watershed Assessment priority-ranking list.

All conservation practices in the Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be available for use in solving the resource concerns of the applicant. Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.

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

Treatment Stipulations

  • Longleaf trees planted under the EQIP Program are restricted to containerized seedlings and any spacing between 622 and 684 trees per acre. Actual spacing on the ground may vary as much as plus or minus 10 percent of the planned spacing.
  • All tree planting is limited to $18,400 reg. and $22,100 HU per contract.
  • Woodland practices are limited to state authorized amount per contract.
  • For ranking purposes the application of practices 490, 612, 643, 338, and 394 for longleaf pine is considered to be a single practice.
  • If prescribed burning is 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 516, trough 614, heavy use area 561 and water source (642 well) that provides water for livestock is considered to be a single practice.
  • Perimeter fencing will not be funded. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
  • No-till applications are limited to contract where technology has not been adopted, ever.
  • 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 $10,000 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.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.