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14 Coosa Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Coosa County, Alabama, announces the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for the 2014 Fiscal Year. Any eligible land users who have an approved resource concern may apply for assistance through this program.

The following resource concerns in Coosa County are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program and are listed below:

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

Applications may be made at:

1995 Cherokee Road
Alexander City, Alabama 35010
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-329-3084, extension 3 or 800-851-0354, extension 3
Fax: 256-234-2468
Contacts: District Conservationist

Applications may also be made at:

Coosa County Soil and Water Conservation District Office
226 Coosa Co. RD 157
Rockford, Alabama 35136
Hours: 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
Phone and Fax: 256-377-4750
Contacts: District Conservationist or District Administrative Coordinator.

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. One application for one resource concern will be accepted for funding in the county EQIP signup, if there is more than one resource concern that the applicant is interested in having funded, they must choose which resource concern is of the highest priority for them to try and get funded.

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 none.

All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2014 EQIP ranking tool. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end October 18, 2013.
Applications will be ranked and funded every 30 days as funds are available. Any applications received after a batching, will be considered in the next batching pool if funds are available.
In the event of a tie between applications, the application will be ranked by County Watershed Assessment priority-ranking list and secondary ties will be awarded using a coin toss.

All conservation practices in the 2014 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be available for use in solving the conservation needs on the farm. Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the 2014 Alabama NRCS 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

  • Longleaf pine trees planted under the Forestry and Wildlife Resource Concern are restricted to containerized seedlings and 7’ x 10’ spacing with 622 trees per acre. Actual spacing on the ground may vary as much as plus or minus 10% of the planned spacing.
  • Tree planting is limited to $18,400 per contract.
  • Woodland practices are limited to $39,000 per contract.
  • For ranking purposes the application of practices 490, 612, 643, 338, and 394 for longleaf pine is considered to be a single practice.
  • If prescribed burning were requested then 338 and 394 is considered as 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, unless it is used to exclude a creek or river, except for small ruminants grazing system, and this would be limited to 20 acres of woodland grazing. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.
  • Invasive Species control will be limited to $9,724.00 per contract this is a two-year incentive payment and is considered a system and will be scored and ranked as a single practice. County is adding Water Shield, an aquatic plant, Buckhorn Plantain a pasture invasive and Baccarious a forest invasive plant to the county list of Invasive Species to be treated.
  • Feral Hog Trapping practice 645G will be exempt as a practice when combined with another practice.
  • Subsurface drip irrigation will be limited to 25 acres.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.