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14 Jackson Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Jackson County, Alabama, will hold a signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis. Any eligible land user who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, forestland and wildlife land may apply for assistance through this program.

Application for program participation may be made at:

USDA-NRCS or the Farm Service Agency (FSA)
2345 South Broad Street
Scottsboro, Alabama
Hours:  7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. (lunch 12:00–12:30), Monday through Friday.
Phone:  256-574-1005, Extension 3
Fax:  256-574-0923
Contact: District Conservationist

The Jackson County EQIP program will offer eligible applicants the opportunity to enter into multi-year financial assistance agreements through the USDA-NRCS. The following resource concerns, shown with the assigned priority, will be addressed under the 2014 program.

  1. Grazing Lands 
  2. Erosion/Soil Quality
  3. Forestry and Wildlife Health
  4. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  5. Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only) – Not offered

The first batching period will end at close-of-business October 18, 2013. Applications received after the close of the batching period will be evaluated and considered for funding in subsequent county or state-wide designated batching periods, if any. The subsequent county batching period ending date(s) will be determined.

Unfunded 2014 applications remaining after available funds are obligated will be retained as active and will be eligible for subsequent program year funding.

All applications will be ranked using the State-wide, web-based environmental benefits worksheet arranged for Jackson County. County program applications will be accepted and ranked based on one application per resource concern per person/entity, i.e., all farms/tracts on which program assistance is requested by an entity for a particular resource concern will be evaluated, planned and funded as one application.  Applications will be limited to one resource concern.  Applications which represent the greatest environmental need, i.e., the highest score on the worksheet, will be funded first.  Contracts will be developed for approved applications, based on the order of descending points, until all available funds are obligated. Applications scoring "0" points will be ineligible for program participation.

Practices listed on the NRCS State list are available for contracting. Boundary fencing will not be eligible for financial assistance, except for incidental areas associated with fencing for other approved purposes.  Newly established permanent vegetation must be protected from grazing until stand is well established, usually one full growing season.  Pasture replanting requires the existing vegetation to be eliminated or killed through tillage or herbicide application.

The following limits will be observed under the 2014 county program:

Practice Code

$ Limit

313-Waste Storage Facility

$20,000

314-Brush Management (Invasive Species)

$3,500

316–Animal Mortality Facility

$20,000

317-Composting Facility

$20,000

329-Residue Management

$8,000

338-Prescribed Burning

$5,000

340-Cover Crop

$8,000

374-Farmstead Energy Improvements

$20,000

382-Fencing

$15,000

490-Site Preparation

$10,000

512-Pasture Planting

$15,000

528-Prescribed Grazing

$10,000

558-Rain Water Recycling system

$20,000

580-Streambank and Shoreline Protection

$12,000

590-Nutrient Management

$14,000

595-Pest Management

$14,000

612-Tree Planting

$10,000

632-Solid/liquid waste separation facility

$20,000

643-Restoration of Declining Species

$5,000

647–Early Succession Habitat Development

$5,000

666-Forest Stand Improvement

$7,000

Note:  Limits shown are subject to change based on State and National limits.  County limits will be used when they are less than State or National.  Historically underserved applicants will receive a higher rate of financial assistance.

Ranking will provide extra points for applications associated with land lying in high priority watersheds:

  1. Tennessee River- Mud Creek (water quality)
  2. Tennessee River (water quality)
  3. Paint Rock River, Upper and Lower (T&E species)

Watershed boundaries may be viewed at the NRCS office in Scottsboro.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.