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Grazing Pilot Announced for Alabama’s Black Belt Counties

Release No.: 000012.18

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AUBURN, February 1, 2018 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced that a grazing pilot targeting small, socially disadvantaged producers in the Black Belt region will continue. The grazing pilot, which is funded under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will target socially disadvantaged producers in the following counties: Lowndes, Dallas, Wilcox, Marengo, Hale and Perry.

Grazing Pilot MapThis grazing project is a joint effort between NRCS and The United Christian Community Association (TUCCA), a local community based organization that has identified specific conservation needs for livestock producers in the area. TUCCA has received a 2501 grant to provide hands on technical assistance to eligible farmers. Through this project, NRCS and the association will work with livestock producers on implementing conservation practices that will improve forage quality and quantity and reduce soil erosion through rotational grazing planning. 

State Conservationist Ben Malone said, “The success of this effort will not be in the number that apply but it will be measured in the number of producers that achieve an improved resource base, improved income and land retention.”

Eligible livestock producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to sign up between February 1, 2018 and March 1, 2018.

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