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14 Mobile Co EQIP Program Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Mobile County, Alabama, announces that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for FY 2014 is open. Applications are taken on a continuous basis. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to correct or improve natural resource concerns or problems on cropland, pastureland, hay land, and woodland.

October 18, 2013 is the initial batching date for all state-wide and county concerns.   Only applications taken up to this date will be considered for funding.  All applications are ranked using the statewide EQIP Ranking Form.  Approval will be given to those applications that provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS and the Mobile County Soil and Water Conservation District Field Office
Jon Archer Agricultural Building
1070 Schillinger Road N.
Mobile, Alabama  36608
Contact: District Conservationist

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Phone: 251-441-6505, Extension 3
Fax: 251-441-6652

The local USDA Work Group for Mobile County has identified the resource concerns in order of priority, and applicants will declare which natural resource concern they are applying for at the time of sign-up.

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

Note: Some practices offered under the Small Farm Initiative are not offered through the county program.

Socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.

All conservation practices are based on Alabama EQIP rules.

In case of a tie on the ranking sheet: 1) treated acres with the most HEL land, and 2) earliest sign-up.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website