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14 Macon Co EQIP Executive Summary

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

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS/Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
P.O. Box 830750
Tuskegee University Research Farm
George Washington Carver Experiment Station
Franklin Road
Tuskegee, Alabama  36083
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 334-725-8404 or 334-725-8267
Fax:  334-725-8210
Contact:  District Conservationist

Special arrangements for taking applications on the farm can be made by making an appointment with the District Conservationist.

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

  1. Woodland-Forestry and Wildlife Health
  2. Pastureland-Grazing Lands
  3. Cropland-Erosion/Soil Quality
  4. Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only)
  5. Water Quality/Animal Waste

All applications will be ranked using the Alabama NRCS state-wide EQIP ranking tool.  Approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points. Practices that provide the greatest economic and environmental benefits will be emphasized.

Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points, until all funds are obligated. Applications will be "batched" and ranked. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 18 2013. Additional applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding if additional funds become available.

Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Planned conservation practices used to address the priority resource concerns will come from the Alabama NRCS state list.  Invasive species will be considered at the county level if not addressed at state level. Eligible practices, restrictions and payment rates are the same as those adopted by Alabama NRCS state-wide.

The following local practice restrictions will apply:

  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612) - $9,600
  • Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat (643) - $11,700

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.