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14 Dale Co EQIP Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Dale 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 landowner who has a resource concern or problem on cropland, pastureland, hayland or forestland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

Dale County USDA Service Center
1177 Andrews Avenue Suite B-2
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone:  334-774-4749, Extension 3
Fax:  334-774-9951
Contact:  District Conservationist

The USDA Work Group has identified the resource concerns, by priority, in Dale County as:

  1. Erosion/Soil Quality
  2. Pastureland
  3. Water Quality
  4. Woodland/Forestry and Wildlife Health

Seventy five percent of county funds will be devoted to Erosion/Soil Quality and applications requesting practices to control gullies will receive a High Priority.  Applications requesting practices other than gully control will receive a Low Priority.  The other twenty five percent of county funds will be devoted to Pastureland.  Applications requesting practices for Pastureland that are a system must be installed before payment.  A system is a specific set of practices that are related to the conservation concern.  An example could be: Well, Pipeline, and Water Facility.  If all Erosion/Soil Quality and Pastureland applications get funded then the 3rd Resource Concern that will receive the remaining funds will be Water Quality.  If all Erosion/Soil Quality, Pastureland, and Water Quality applications get funded the 4th Resource Concern that will receive the remaining funds will be Woodland/Forestry and Wildlife Health. 

Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points until all funds are obligated. Applications will be batched and ranked after the cut-off date of October 18, 2013.  Any applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding (if additional funds become available).  Additional batching dates will be specified if needed.

Limited conservation practices are as follows:

  • Cover Crop/Strip-Till - $7,670 limit, 1 year limit per participant

Dale County will use the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.

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.