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16 Sumter Co EQIP

Sumter County 2016 EQIP Program

Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Sumter County, Alabama, will hold a sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2016 Fiscal Year. This signup will be held on a continuous basis. Any eligible land user who has a resource concern or problem on grazing lands, cropland, or timberland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

Livingston Field Office and the Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District Office
UWA Station 58, Bibb Graves Hall Room 125
Livingston, Alabama  35470
Hours:  7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone:  205-652-5105 or 205-652-5104
Contact: District Conservationist, Eddie Parham; Soil Conservationist Technician, Wade Williams

EQIP funds will be used to address local resource concerns in Sumter County. The USDA work group selected to divide allocations as 60% grazing and 40% Forestry with flexibility if needed to fund other concerns and to prioritize the concerns as listed below:

  1. Grazing Lands
  2. Forest Health and Wildlife
  3. Water Quality (Animal Waste)
  4. Soil Quality/Erosion
  5. Irrigation Water Management


Some limitations on practices are in effect for Sumter County.

  • Prescribed Grazing (practice code 528) will not be a financial assistance item in FY 2016.
  • Access Road (practice code 560) will be limited to a maximum payment of $10,000 per applicant.
  • Pasture spraying for invasive and noxious weeds (practice code 314 or 315) will be limited to a maximum payment of $10,000 per applicant.
  • Practice Code 612 Tree and Shrub Establishment will be limited to $5,000.00 per applicant.
  • Practice Code 490 Tree and Shrub Site Preparation will be limited to $3,000.00 (Aerial) and $2,230.00 (Ground) per applicant.
  • Practice Code 666 Chemical Aerial Release will be limited to $8,700.00 per applicant.
  • Any applicant applying for reforestation of any kind must install Firebreaks and one chemical treatment (Site Preparation or Chemical Release)
  • Practice Code 382 Fence will be limited to $10,000 per applicant (excludes applicant fencing out a stream in affiliation with a stream crossing).
  • Practice Code 512 Forage and Biomass planting will be limited to $9,000 per applicant.
  • Practice Code 561 Heavy Use Area will be limited to $7,500 per applicant.

These limits may be affected further if state wide cost limits in handbook are lower. All applications will be ranked using a statewide environmental benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to those applications 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. The highest ranking application in each resource concern will be funded if funds are available.

In the event of a tie, applications with the earlier application date will be considered first. The first batching period for ranking applications will end October 16, 2015. Additional batching periods will be scheduled as needed. Unfunded applications will be kept on hand and will be considered for funding at a later date should additional funds become available. The Sumter County Workgroup Committee reserves the right to ensure that all county allocation monies are not allocated to one resource concern, an additional meeting may be scheduled to assign a percentage of the county allocation to be spent on each resource concern.

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