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16 Tuscaloosa Co EQIP

Tuscaloosa County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is holding a sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2016 Fiscal Year. This sign-up is held on a continuous basis.

This program is designed to address resource concerns or problems on cropland, pastureland, woodland, or hayland requiring practices that meet the Alabama Practice Implementation Data FY-2016 containing a list of program payment rates and programmatic restrictions for implementation.  

Applicants will complete the NRCS-CPA-1200 application form and appendix. Submit forms in person, by phone or letter to:

Tuscaloosa County NRCS Field Office
3831 A Palisades Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405
Phone: 205-553-1733 extension 3
Fax: 855-292-1672
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Contact: District Conservationist

The USDA work group for Tuscaloosa County has prioritized the resource concerns in Tuscaloosa County as:

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

All applications will be ranked and approvals based on an environmental ranking worksheet that has been adjusted to meet local resource concerns. This process is utilized to insure the most environmental benefit is received for the dollars being expended through the EQIP program. The highest ranking application in each resource concern will be approved until all funds have been obligated.

In the event that a tie occurs on ranking an application, the application that was submitted with the lowest estimated contract cost will be ranked higher.

The cut-off date for the first ranking of applications is October 16, 2015. If all monies are not obligated with the first ranking, then subsequent rankings will be held 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 Tuscaloosa County Local Workgroup 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.

For  FY-2016, an applicant will be able to enter an application in as many statewide funding pools as he/she is eligible for but they will only be able to apply in one county wide fund pool (example: A  New and Beginning Farmer wants to sign up for tree planting and cross fence and watering facilities.) In the statewide pool he/she can apply in the New and Beginning Farmer pool but in the county pool he/she has to choose between Forestry/Wildlife or Grazing Lands.

The Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule for Practices, Practice Restrictions and Payment Rates will be used for Tuscaloosa County.

Written leases must be provided for the length of the contract where applicants installing practices are not the current landowner(s). Structural practices installed must have prior written approval of landowner(s).

If a landowner has received an incentive payment in a previous EQIP contract, they will not be allowed to receive additional incentive payments for the same practice and/or practice level during the life of the present farm bill.

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.