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16 Hale Co EQIP

Hale County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Hale County, Alabama, will hold a sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2016 Fiscal Year. 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 are being taken on a continuous basis.  The first cut off for applications to be considered under the first ranking and funding period is October 16, 2015. 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, to be scheduled as needed, if additional funding is available.

You may obtain additional information or submit an EQIP application at the following location:

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service                                                                    
200 First Street
Greensboro, Alabama 36744
Phone: 334-624-3265, extension 3
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Contact: Sutton Gibbs 334-352-1053   sutton.gibbs@al.usda.gov

Program Objective

The overall objective of the EQIP program is aimed at treating resource problems within the County to improve conservation and sustain the resource base. This includes cropland, grazing land, and environmentally sensitive areas impacted from food and fiber production.

Selected Resource Concerns

The local resources concerns to be addressed with the EQIP funds are as follows:

  1. Pasture - Grazing Land Systems
  2. Woodland – Forest Health and Wildlife
  3. Cropland - Erosion and Soil Quality
  4. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  5. Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only)

All applications will be ranked within each resource concern using an environmental benefits worksheet. The state approved ranking sheet for the above listed resource concerns will be used in ranking the applications. The highest ranking application (i.e. 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 allocated.

All conservation practices, payments and restrictions on the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be available for use on County farms. Payment limits as found in the 2016 EQIP Handbook for Alabama will be adhered to for total payment amount per contract for conservation practices that have funding limits. Additional limitations are as follows:

Limitations

  • Perimeter fencing will not be funded.
  • Barbwire fence limited to $8,765 for Regular or $10,560 for HU.
  • Woven Fence limited to $11,088 for Regular or $13,306 for HU
  • Cover Crop limited to $4,892 for Regular or $5,871 for HU.
  • Pasture Planting limited to $15,725 Regular or $18,950 for HU
  • Pasture Over-seeding Legume limited to $12,643 for Regular or $15,172 for HU
  • Tree Planting loblolly limited to $9,273 for Regular or $11,192 for HU
  • Tree Planting Longleaf limited to 12,800 for Regular or $15,370 for HU
  • Tree Planting Hardwood limited to $8,964 for Regular or $10,757 for HU
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting LIGHT limited to $$4,910 for Regular or $5893 for HU.
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting VERY LIGHT limited to $2,594 for Regular or $3,112 for HU.
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting MEDIUM limited for $14,330 for Regular or $17,175 for HU.
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting HEAVY limited for $ 24,685 for Regular or $29,621 for HU
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting Ground Chemical limited to $4,246 for Regular or $5,215 for HU.
  • Site Prep for Tree Planting Aerial limited to $5,840 for Regular or $7008 for HU.

Farmers are required to self- certify that they meet the requirements to qualify as a Limited Resource Farmer and a percentage of these applicants will be subject to NRCS State Office spot check. New and Beginning Farmers will be required to provide documentation showing they have farmed for 10 years or less.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website