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14 Barbour Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Barbour County, Alabama, will hold a sign-up 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 or forestland may apply for assistance through this program. Applications may be made at the NRCS office located at the USDA Service Center building behind the Courthouse in Clayton at the following address:

USDA-NRCS
18 Nern Street
Clayton, Alabama 36016
Phone: 334-775-3266, Extension 3
Fax: 334-775-9524
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact:  District Conservationist

The local work group has prioritized the resource concerns in Barbour County in the following order:

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

Applications are limited to one resource concern.  Applications will be ranked and receive a score of environmental points by using the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Ranking Tool.  Applications for Sod-based Rotation (Practice 328), Forage and Biomass Planting (Practice 512), Cover Crop (Practice 340), erosion control on cropland, and irrigation water management will receive a priority of “High.”

The first batching date for 2014 will be October 18, 2013.  All complete applications received as of this date will be ranked and prioritized.  Applicants must specify the practices and amount of each practice they are applying for by the batching date.  Additional practices or amounts may be added only if the field office determines that they are needed to meet the resource concern.  If the applicant requests changes to the application after the batching date, the application will be deferred to the next batching period.

Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of their priority and environmental points until all funds are obligated.  Subsequent batching dates may be announced if funds become available.  All unfunded applications on hand as of September 30, 2014, will be cancelled unless the applicant has requested that their application be deferred to fiscal year 2015.

All conservation practices and payment rates will be the same as in the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.  Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Tree planting will be limited to longleaf pine.

In addition to the state-wide restrictions, the following limits will be in effect for contracts using county allocation funds:

  • Critical Area Planting – $17,675
  • Pasture/Hayland Planting – $23,900
  • Timber Stand Improvement – $13,000
  • Irrigation Water Management – $45,000
  • Prescribed Burning – $2,500
  • Invasive Species Control – $10,000 initial treatment year limit, $6,000 follow up treatment year limit – limit 2 years
  • Early Successional Habitat Management – $10,000
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management – $12,700
  • Watering Systems for Livestock - $25,000
  • Fencing - $7,860
  • Forest Site prep - $13,100
  • Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Species – $11,700
  • Waste Storage Facility - $ 13,500

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.