Skip

14 Clay Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Clay 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 a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, forestland/wildlife land, hayland or private non-industrial forest land and other farm or ranch lands may apply for assistance through this program.

Interested individuals may file an application at:

USDA-NRCS
Randolph/Clay County USDA Service Center
20 West Broad Street, Suite 3
Wedowee, Alabama 36278
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-357-4561, extension 3
Fax: 256-357-4017
Contact: District Conservationist

The following priority concerns in Clay Co. are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program.

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

Applicants will be rated on the prioritized resource concerns. The highest ranked application in each of the priority concerns will be funded first. This process will be repeated until all the applications are funded or until the County allocations have been obligated. One application per applicant with only one resource concern will be accepted for the county wide signup. 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 on October 18, 2013. Any applications received after a batching, will be considered in the next batching pool if funds are available.

 

 All contracts will be limited to three years in length inclusive of a one 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.

 

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.Limitations set at the county level will not apply to applicants applying for funds at the state level HU, LR, N&B or any other state funded pool of allocations

Limitations

  • (512) Forage and Biomass planting - limited to $11,950 per contract
  • (614) Watering Facilities- $3,872 per contract (Only to be used in conjunction with or the establishment of a three or more cross fenced paddock rotational grazing system or fencing out a creek or stream which serves as the main source of livestock water and based on state level AU restrictions)
  • (561) Heavy Use Area- $7,776 Per contract
  • (382) Fencing Perimeter fencing - $7,900 is not funded, unless it is used to establish an approved small ruminant woodland grazing system.
  • (382) Cross fencing - $7,900 per contract (only to be used to establish a three paddock or more prescribed grazing system)
  • (516) Pipeline - $5,200 per contract
  • Longleaf tree planting will be restricted to containerized seedling on an 8x12 or larger spacing $18,300 per contract includes all practices needed for establishment (612, 490, 338, 394)
  • (340) Cover Crops - $7,500 per contract per year
  • (316) Eco Drums - $5,000 per contract
  • (316) Composters will not be considered for funding
  • (313) Litter sheds will not be considered for funding
  • (378) Ponds will not be considered for funding
  • 100% Export only CNMP Conservation Activity Plans will not be considered for funding

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website: