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14 Lauderdale Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Lauderdale 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 pastureland, cropland, forestland or hay land may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

Lauderdale County USDA Service Center
2431 Darby Drive, Suite B
Florence, Alabama 35630
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Phone: 256-764-5833, Extension 3
Fax: 256-764-7224
Contact person: District Conservationist

The USDA work group has prioritized the resource concerns in Lauderdale County as:

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

All applications will be ranked using an environmental benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to the applicants 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.

Limitations Per Contract

  • Pasture planting – $15,000
  • Cross fencing – $6,000
  • Pipeline – $6,000
  • Water troughs – $4,000
  • Stream crossing – $4,000
  • Heavy use area – $10,000
  • Critical area planting – $2,000
  • Well – must have greater than 9 animal units and no municipal water available
  • Conservation tillage – $9,000
  • Precision Agriculture – $4,400
  • Tree planting - $5,000
  • Forest stand improvement - $2,500
  • Pasture and hayland planting (code 512) requires a current (within past 2 years) soil test to be presented to the local office
  • Ponds will only be funded for livestock water, commensurate to the size of the operation, and only if municipal water is not available.

Applications will be batched and ranked. The first batching of applications will have a cut-off date of October 13, 2013. Applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding (if additional funds become available).

The Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be used for Lauderdale County EQIP application. Planned conservation practices used to address the priority resource concerns will come from this list.

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.