Environmental Quality Incentives Program 2011
Alabama Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 2011
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a USDA program that
provides payments to participants to address significant natural resource
concerns on agricultural lands.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) operate through local work
groups to provide leadership to identify county resource concerns based on
watershed assessments, public involvement, and "optimize environmental
EQIP funds are awarded to landowners/users who agree to implement
conservation/environmental practices and systems through a contracting process.
Practices and plans for EQIP are to treat the land to a sustainable level to
address the primary national, state, and county resource concerns.
This voluntary conservation program addresses serious threats to soil, water,
and related natural resources through contracts. EQIP provides geographically targeted technical, financial,
and educational assistance to maximize environmental benefits.
You can apply for an EQIP contract at your local USDA Service Center.
Applications are ranked and selected for funding in order to optimize
environmental benefits. Batching dates may be announced as needed to rank and
prioritize any new or unfunded application. Contact the local Service Center for further guidelines
and details of the program.
Signup and Application Information
EQIP in Alabama will be implemented with three goals in mind:
- To address the most severe resource concerns within the state through
prudent and judicious use of EQIP funds
- To place decisions and implementation responsibilities at the lowest
level possible by involving locally led partners in the decision making
- To provide oversight and program management that is consistent with
accomplishing national EQIP goals and objectives
Each county in Alabama will operate as an EQIP pool area. The local work
group will advise NRCS on implementation of the regular EQIP within that county.
Each county will select the practices from the list of state approved EQIP
practices that will be offered within the county and the payment rates are the
same for the county as the state.
A nationally developed ranking tool will be used to rank applications for
funding. The local workgroup will advise NRCS on county resource ranking
priorities. Copies of ranking tools are available at the local field office. The
practice payment schedule is available below.
Eligible producers may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost
of the installation of the conservation practice. 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. In addition, socially disadvantaged, limited resource,
and beginning farmers and ranchers can receive up to 30 percent advanced payment
for purchasing materials or contracting.
Note: All participants that certify eligibility as a farmer or
the New and Beginning, Limited Resource, Small Scale, or Socially Disadvantaged groups will provide
all records necessary to justify their claim as requested by a NRCS
representative. It is the responsibility of the participant to provide accurate
data to support all items addressed in the application at the request of NRCS.
False certifications are subject to criminal and civil fraud statutes.
2011 EQIP Programs
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) NRCS national site that
contains general information about AWEP, a component of the Environmental
Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The 2009 Request for Proposals for AWEP can
be found at the bottom of the page. (will open in a new window)
2011 Alabama EQIP Programs
State Wide Resource Concerns
EQIP Conservation Practice, Signup, and Ranking Documents
Additional EQIP Resources
These documents may require Adobe
Tornado Disaster Practice Payment Schedule 2011 (.doc,
127 KB, .xls, 53 kb)
Tornado Disaster Practice Payment Schedule-Historically Underserved 2011 (.doc,
127 KB, .xls, 53 kb)
Practice Payment Schedule 2011 (.pdf
218 KB, .xls
Practice Payment Schedule-Historically Underserved 2011 (.pdf
.xls 75 kb)
Program Application and Appendix - NRCS-CPA-1200 (English) (PDF, 35 KB)
Spanish Version of Application and Appendix
Power of Attorney (Form 211 and 211a - FSA and NRCS) (PDF, 368 KB)
Direct Deposit (Form SF-1199a) (PDF, 109 KB)
Success Stories and News Releases
Some of these documents require Adobe
Reader. If you have problems opening a .pdf document, contact
Mountain Farmer Committed to Conservation (3-11)
NRCS Becomes A Way of Life For Morgan County Producer (3/11)
Hoop House Installed in Madison County
Activity Plan Brings Life To An Organic Idea in Morgan County (3/11)
Farmers Experience Hoop House Success (2-11)
They Teach "Old" Farmers "New Tricks" - GSP (Precision Ag) Workshop Aids Farmers
(Wade Hill-Marion County NRCS (AL Cooperative Farming News, May 2010
Uses Hoop Houses, ACES Publication (.pdf 1.8 MB)
EQIP Helps Madison
County Landowner (11-08)
Payne’s Kitty Curington Includes Conservation Projects in Her Busy Schedule (Dekalb-Sand
Mountain/Lake Guntersville Watershed Conservation District) (10-08)
Invasive Species Control
Plays Vital Role on Covington County Farm (9-08)
Turf Farm Battles Drought with More Efficient Irrigation (PDF),
(on-line in html,
Alabama Cooperative Farming News, February 2008 (Fay Garner, Public Affairs
Assistant, NRCS, Auburn, AL)
Tree Release: A Management Method to Consider (10-06)
USDA Offers Energy Cost Offset For Completion Of EQIP Practices
Takes Advantage of the EQIP Program (Wyers, Walker Co), Poultry and Egg
a Farm and Passing on a Heritage (Jones, Autauga Co) Cooperative Farming News
for Grazing System (Hendrix, Winston Co), Cooperative Farming News 4/05
it Worth It?--You Betcha! (Lowery, Russell Co), Cooperative Farming News
for Man and Good for the Cows (Johnson, Russell Co), Cooperative Farming
News, 11/04 (PDF)
Funds Improve Water Quality Plus Quantity for Livestock (Manring, Covington Co),
Cooperative Farming News 4/04; Land and Water 5-6/04; Forage Leader 8/04 (PDF)
Job, Same Principles (Clark, Lawrence Co), Cooperative Farming News 2/05
Solutions to Problems (Hooper, Winston Co), Cooperative Farming News 10/04
Accomplishes Goals with EQIP Assistance in Lee County (PDF, 239 KB)
Helps Covington County Farmer (PDF, 143 KB)
Helps Walker County Landowner (PDF, 187 KB)
Animals (Mullican, Lawrence Co), not published (PDF)
Love and a Living (Hay, Talladega Co), not published (PDF)
Contact your local
Service Center for further guidelines and
details of the program.
NRCS State Office contact Steve Musser, USDA–NRCS, Assistant State Conservationist for
Programs, phone: (334) 887-4503.