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14 Cullman Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Cullman County, Alabama, will hold a sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This sign-up will be held on a continuous basis. Any eligible landuser who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, or forest land may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Cullman County USDA Service Center
501B 4th Street SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-734-6471, Extension 3
Fax: 256-734-1431
Contact: District Conservationist

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

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

All applications will be ranked using the national NRCS Ranking Tool and approvals will be given to those applications that provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points.

The highest ranking application in each resource concern will be funded first.  The remaining applications will be funded in ranking order until all funds have been obligated.

Cullman County will use the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule for eligible conservation practices with the exception of ponds. Ponds will be ineligible for funding.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18, 2013. Applications filed after this date will be considered in the next batching period if additional funds become available.

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

Limitations

The USDA work group placed the following limits on eligible conservation practices:

  • Residue Management (practice code 329) - $6,000
  • Pasture Planting (practice code 512) - $12,000
  • Tree Planting, Site Preparation (practice codes 612, 490) - $7,500
  • Native Warm Season Grass (practice code 512) - $2,810
  • Fencing (practice code 582) - $15,000
  • Brush Management, Herbaceous Weed Control (practice codes 314, 315) - $5,000
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management, Prescribed Burning (practice codes 645, 338) - $2,500
  • Management of Rare and Declining Species, Early Habitat Management (practice codes 643, 645) - $2,500
  • Waste Storage Facility, (liquid or dry), Waste Treatment Lagoon, Closure of Waste Impoundments (practice codes 313, 359, 360) - $20,000
  • Waste Storage Facility with composter (practice code 313) - $25,000
  • Prescribed Grazing, Nutrient Management, Pest Management (practice codes 528, 590, 595) - $5,000
  • Forest Stand Improvement (practice code 666) - $5,000
  • Conservation Crop Rotation, Cover Crop (practice codes 328, 340) - $7,500
  • Animal Mortality – Composter (practice code 316) - $10,000
  • Silvopasture (practice code 381) - $3,000
  • Residue and Tillage Management (practice code 645) - $5,275

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.