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14 Marshall Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Marshall County, Alabama, will hold a signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis. Any eligible landuser, 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:

Marshall County USDA Service Center
1206 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, Alabama
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-582-3923
Fax:  256-582-1328
Contact: District Conservationist.

The local work group has specified that program funds will be allocated within the following resource concerns in Marshall County:

  1. Erosion/Soil Quality
  2. Forest Health & Wildlife
  3. Grazing Lands
  4. Water Quality

All applications will be ranked within each resource concern using an environmental benefits worksheet. The highest ranking application (ie. those applications with the highest environmental benefit points) within each resource concern will be selected for approval. This sequence will continue until all funds have been exhausted.

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end October 18, 2013. Any applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding should additional funds become available.

Eligible practices and restrictions will be the same as the Alabama statewide list.

  • Exception - ponds will no longer be a financially-assisted practice.
  • Pasture planting will be limited to a maximum payment amount of $11,440
  • Pest Management - $777
  • Forest Site Prep/Chemical Release/Tree Planting - $3,400
  • Conservation Tillage - $3,150
  • Cover Crop - $5,560.

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.