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14 Fayette Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Fayette 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 Fayette County are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program and are listed in order of priority:

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

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

USDA-NRCS
103 1st Avenue, NW
2nd Floor Courthouse Annex
Fayette, Alabama 35555
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 205-932-8959, Extension 3
Fax: 205-932-4312
Contact: District Conservationist

Applications will be prioritized by high, medium, low and none. Applications with one practice would be considered “high priority”, applications with two practices would be considered “medium priority”, applications with three practices would be considered “low priority”, and applications with four or more practices would be considered “none.”

An applicant will be able to apply for one resource concern and only one application in the county wide pool.

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

All the “high priority” applications under the number one priority resource concern would be approved first and in the order of the ranking score, highest to lowest score. If funding remains, all “medium priority” applications under the number one priority resource concern would be approved and in the order of the ranking score, highest to lowest score. If funding remains, all “low priority” applications under the number one priority resource concern would be approved and in the order of the ranking score, highest to lowest score. If funding remains, all “none” applications under the number one priority resource concern would be approved and in the order of the ranking score, highest to lowest score. If funding remains after all applications under the number one priority resource concern have been approved, the same process would be repeated through all of the remaining resource concerns by priority ranking order until funding is exhausted.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end October 18, 2013. 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 applications will be ranked by sign-up date. If the tie is not broken, the applications will then be ranked according to contract cost, with the lowest estimated contract cost ranking the highest.

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. Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule. Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will receive a higher rate of financial assistance.

Treatment Stipulations

  • These forestry practices associated with reforestation is considered as one practice: 490-forest site preparation, 338-prescribed burning (for site prep only), 394-fire break, 612-tree planting, 666-forest stand improvement (chemical release after planting only).
  • These forestry practices associated with mid-rotation management is considered as one practice: 338-prescribed burning, 394-firebreak, 666-forest stand improvement (chemical ground release).
  • These grazing land practices associated with installing a watering facility is considered as one practice: 516-pipeline, 614-watering facility, 561-heavy use area protection, water source.
  • These erosion control/soil quality practices associated with classic and ephemeral gully treatment is considered as one practice: 410-grade stabilization structure, 362-diversion, 342-critical area planting
  • Perimeter fencing will not be funded. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
  • Residue and Tillage Mgt (No-Till/Strip Till) - applications will be limited to a maximum of $3,145 per contract.
  • Pasture and Hay Land planting will be limited to a maximum of $10,000 per contract.
  • 315-Herbaceous Weed Control (chemical ground) treatment will be limited to a maximum of $3,884 per contract.
  • Tree Planting will be limited to a maximum of $10,400 per contract.
  • Water Quality/Animal Waste Applications will be limited to a $30,000 maximum per contract.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.