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16 Baldwin Co EQIP

Baldwin County 2016 EQIP Program

Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Baldwin County, Alabama, announces that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for FY 2016 is open and applications are being taken on a continuous basis. EQIP is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to correct or improve resource concerns or problems on cropland, pastureland, hay land, and woodland.

Applications for EQIP in Baldwin County may be made at the NRCS/SWCD office located at:

USDA Service Center
207 Faulkner Drive, Suite 107
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
Hours: 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Phone: 251-937-3297, extension 3
Fax:  855-292-1673
 

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications for local concerns and state-wide concerns will be on October 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. If you file an application later than the deadline for the first funding pool consideration, your application will be considered in the next pool of funding if additional funding is available at a later date.

The local concerns that have been prioritized by local work group are:

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

All applications will be ranked and approvals based on an environmental ranking worksheet that will insure that the most environmental benefits are received for the dollars expended. Applications with the highest point totals generated from this worksheet will be ranked higher in consideration to receive financial assistance than those applications with lower points. Applicants will declare which concern they are applying for.

Limited Resource Farmers, Historically Disadvantaged, and New Beginning Farmers, may be eligible to receive a higher cost-share rate.

The first batching period for these applications will be October 16, 2015.

 

Limitations

Cover Crops

Financial assistance for Cover Crop (practice code 340) will be limited to $6,115 per applicant per year for two years for non-legumes, and $7,157 per applicant per year for two years for a cover crop-legume mix.  Persons already having approved systems of residue management or have received EQIP payment for these residue levels are not eligible.

Pasture Planting

Financial assistance for Pasture Planting (practice code 512) will be limited to $14,742 per applicant per year.

Site Prep/Tree Planting

Financial assistance for Site Prep practices (practice code 490) will be limited to $5,475 per applicant for FY 2016 and Financial Assistance for Tree Planting practices (practice code 612) will be limited to $12,013 per applicant for FY 2016.  These practices will be planned jointly on the same acreage.

The financial assistance payments per unit will be the same as set by the NRCS State office in Auburn. The eligible financial assistance practices will be the same as set by the NRCS State office in Auburn. Please refer to the state list for practices, financial assistance payment, and restrictions.

In case of tie on ranking sheet: 1) treated acres with the most highly erodible land (HEL), and second tie breaker, 2) earliest sign-up.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.