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14 Colbert Co EQIP Executive Summary

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

Applications may be made at the NRCS office at:

USDA-NRCS
Colbert County USDA Service Center
1700 Neil Morris Road, Suite A
Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-383-4323, Extension 3
Fax: 256-383-8250
Contact: District Conservationist

The USDA work group has prioritized the resource concerns in Colbert County as:

  1. Grazing Lands - 50% of funding
  2. Forest Health and Wildlife / Water Quality - 50% of funding
  3. Erosion/Soil Quality
  4. Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only)

All applications will be ranked using an environmental benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points, until all funds are obligated.

Applications will be batched and ranked. The first batching of applications will have a cut-off date of October 19, 2013. Subsequent batching dates will be announced if funds are available.

Applicants will be rated on a priority rating of high, medium, low and none. All applicants rated as high will be funded first, medium second, low third, and none as funds are available.  

A high priority will be given to applicants selecting one practice to address a resource concern, a medium priority to applicants selecting two practices, a low priority to applicants selecting three practices and an applicant selecting four or more practices will be rated last. Applicants may choose only one resource concern.

All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2014 EQIP ranking tool.

All practices, restrictions, limits, 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.

Treatment Stipulations

  • For ranking purposes, the application of practices 490, 612, 643, 338, and 394 are considered to be a single practice.
  • If prescribed burning is requested then 338 and 394 are considered one practice.
  • For ranking purposes the installation of a pipeline, trough, and water source that provides water for livestock is considered to be a single practice.
  • Perimeter fencing will not be funded. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
  • Conservation tillage will have a maximum of $9,000 per year per farming operation.
  • Invasive species control will be limited to Chinese Privet, kudzu, and cogongrass
  • Pasture planting will have a maximum of $10,400 per farming operation.
  • Pasture spraying will have a maximum of $1,800 per year per farming operation.
  • Forest Site Preparation and Tree Planting contracts will be limited to $10,000.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.