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14 Baldwin Co EQIP Executive Summary

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

Applications for EQIP in Baldwin County may be made at the NRCS/SWCD office located at:

USDA Service Center
207 Faulkner Drive, Suite 107
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
Hours: 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Phone: 251-937-3297, Extension 3
Fax:  855-292-1673
 

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications for local concerns and state-wide concerns will be on October 18, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. If you file an application later than the deadline for the first funding pool consideration, your application will be considered in the next pool of funding if additional funding is available at a later date.

The local concerns that have been prioritized by local work group are:

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

All applications will be ranked and approvals based on an environmental ranking worksheet that will insure that the most environmental benefits are received for the dollars expended. Applications with the highest point totals generated from this worksheet will be ranked higher in consideration to receive financial assistance than those applications with lower points. Applicants will declare which concern he is applying for.

Limited Resource Farmers, Historically Disadvantaged, and New Beginning Farmers, may be eligible to receive a higher cost-share rate.

The first batching period for these applications will be October 18, 2013.

Limitations

Financial assistance for Residue and Tillage Management (conservation tillage) will be limited to $6,840 per applicant per year for two years.  For the Historically Underserved farmers, financial assistance Residue Management (conservation tillage) will be limited to $8,280 per applicant for two years.  Payment qualification on residue will be determined by STIR (Soil Tillage Intensity Rating). STIR value is generated by cropping system that producer is using and/or willing to adopt to increase residue levels.  Persons already having approved systems of residue management or have received EQIP payment for these residue levels are not eligible.

The financial assistance payments will be the same as set by the NRCS State office in Auburn. The eligible financial assistance practices will be the same as set by the NRCS State office in Auburn. Please refer to the state list for practices, financial assistance payment, and restrictions.

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website