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14 Cherokee Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Cherokee County, Alabama, will hold a sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis. Any eligible landuser who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, hayland, forestland, cropland, or irrigation water efficiency concerns may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS Office
Cherokee County USDA Service Center
1460 West Main Street, Suite J2
Centre, Alabama 35960
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-927-8732, Extension 3
Fax: 256-927-6702
Contact: District Conservationist

The USDA work group has prioritized the following resource concerns in Cherokee County:

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

All applications will be ranked using an environmental benefits worksheet. Approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points until all funds are obligated. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18, 2013. Any application filed after that date will be considered in the next pool for funding, if additional funds become available.

Due to the large number of applications, the Cherokee County EQIP Work Group has set limits to the following:

  • $3,200 on conservation tillage practice
  • $16,640 on grazing lands related practices
  • $6,000 on loblolly tree planting
  • $9,360 on longleaf planting
  • $7,200 on site preparation for forestry practices
  • $4,500 on prescribed burning

Cherokee County will use the Alabama NRCS State Approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.

Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers may be funded at an increased program payment rate.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.