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14 Madison Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Madison 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 cropland, forestland, hayland, or pastureland, may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA - NRCS
Madison County USDA Service Center
1300 Meridian Street, Suite 23-D
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-532-1692, Extension 3
Fax: 877-450-6833
Contact: District Conservationist

The USDA work group has specified that program funds will be allocated within the following resource concerns in Madison County. The priorities of these concerns are as follows:

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

All applications will be ranked within each resource concern using an environmental benefits worksheet. 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. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18, 2013. Any application filed after that date will be considered in the next pool for funding, if additional funds become available.

Eligible practices and restrictions will be the same as the statewide list with the exception of ponds. Ponds will be ineligible for funding. 

Limited Resource, Socially Disadvantaged, and New and Beginning Farmer applicants may be funded at a higher program payment rate.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.