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14 Jefferson Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Jefferson 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.

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

USDA-NRCS
Bessemer Field Office
6267 Park South Drive
Bessemer, Alabama 35022
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 205-424-9990, extension 101\106
Fax: 205-424-9976
Contacts: District Conservationist

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

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

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 in the county-wide fund pool, but they can apply in as many state-wide funding pools as he/she is eligible for.

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 three practices, and an applicant selecting four or more practices will be rated none.

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

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end Friday, 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.

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 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be available for use in solving the conservation needs on the farm. Planned conservation practices used to address the resource concerns will come from this schedule, as will the resulting payment rate for these practices. Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Treatment Stipulations

  • Trees planted under the Forestry and Wildlife Resource Concern must use the following guidelines:
    • Longleaf - Containerized seedlings – Between 622 and 684 seedlings per acre on a 7’ x 10’ spacing.
    • Loblolly – Containerized seedlings – 484 seedlings per acre on a 9’ x 12’ or similar spacing.
  • For ranking purposes the application of practices 490, 612, 643, 338, and 394 for longleaf or loblolly pine is considered to be a single practice.
  • If prescribed burning were requested, then 338 and 394 is considered as 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. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.