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14 Sumter Co EQIP Program Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Sumter 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 grazing lands, cropland, or timberland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Livingston Field Office and the Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District Office
106 Marshall Street, Federal Building Room 202
Livingston, Alabama  35470
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 205-652-7521 or 205-652-6781
Fax: 205-651-9615
Contact: District Conservationist

EQIP funds will be used to address local resource concerns in Sumter County. The USDA work group selected to prioritize the concerns as listed below:

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

Limitations

Some limitations on practices are in effect for Sumter County.

  • Prescribed Grazing (practice code 528) will not be a cost share item in FY 2014.
  • Access Road (practice code 560) will be limited to a maximum payment of $10,000 per applicant.
  • Pasture spraying for invasive and noxious weeds (practice code 314 or 315) will be limited to a maximum payment of $10,000 per applicant.
  • Tree and Shrub Establishment and Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat will be limited to $10,000.00 per applicant.
  • Practice Code 512 Forage and Biomass planting will be limited to $9,000 per applicant.
  • Practice Code 561 Heavy Use Area will be limited to $7,500 per applicant.

These limits may be affected further if state wide cost limits in handbook are lower. All applications will be ranked using a statewide 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. The highest ranking application in each resource concern will be funded if funds are available.

In the event of a tie, applications with the earlier application date will be considered first. The first batching period for ranking applications will end October 18, 2013. Additional batching periods will be scheduled as needed. Unfunded applications will be kept on hand and will be considered for funding at a later date should additional funds become available. The Sumter County Workgroup Committee reserves the right to ensure that all county allocation monies are not allocated to one resource concern, an additional meeting may be scheduled to assign a percentage of the county allocation to be spent on each resource concern.

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.