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14 Lowndes Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Lowndes 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 that has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, or forestland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications will be taken at:

USDA-NRCS
15 North Washington Street
Hayneville, Alabama  36040
Hours:  8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Phone:  334-548-2767
Fax:  334-548-2015
Contact:  District Conservationist

The first batching period will end on October 18, 2013. All applications received on or before this date will then be ranked using the NRCS state approved Ranking Tool. If all monies are not obligated during the first batching, then subsequent batchings will be held as needed.

Local concerns that have been prioritized are:

  1. Grazing Lands
  2. Soil Quality/Erosion on Cropland
  3. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  4. Forest Health and Wildlife
  5. Irrigation Water Management(efficiency only)

All applications will be ranked and approvals based on the Alabama environmental ranking tool in order to insure that the most environmental benefits are received for the dollars expended. A high priority will be given to applications requesting only one cost share practice or system. A medium priority will be given to applications requesting two cost share practices or systems and a low priority will be given to applications requesting 3 or more cost share practices or systems. Individuals with the highest point totals generated from this ranking tool will be given priority and approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points.

All conservation practices in the Alabama NRCS state list will be available for use in solving the conservation needs in Lowndes County. The following limits will be in effect:

  • Conservation Practice 329-Residue Management – 100 acres
  • Forest Management Practices – 100 acres
  • Tree Planting – 100 acres
  • Fencing – limited to 10,000 feet of interior cross fencing
  • Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Species (643) – 100 acres
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645) – 100 acres
  • Early Successional Habitat Management (647) – 100 acres
  • Heavy Use Areas (561) – 15,000 square feet
  • Pasture Planting (512) – 100 acres

Program payment rates and limits on all other practices will be the same as listed in the Alabama NRCS state approved list. The state approved ranking tool for the above listed resource concerns will be used in ranking the applications.

Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.