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16 Clay Co EQIP

Clay County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Clay County, Alabama, will hold a continuous signup period 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/wildlife land, hayland or private non-industrial forest land and other farm or ranch lands may apply for assistance through this program.

Interested individuals may file an application at:

Randolph/Clay County USDA Service Center
20 West Broad Street, Suite 2
Wedowee, Alabama 36278

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-357-4561, extension 3
Fax: (855) 292-1672
Contact: Acting District Conservationist Alex Johnson

The following priority concerns in Clay Co. are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program.

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


Applicants will be rated on the prioritized resource concerns.  The highest ranked application in each of the priority concerns will be funded first.  This process will be repeated until all the applications are funded or until the County allocations have been obligated.  One application per applicant with only one resource concern will be accepted for the county wide signup. All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2016 EQIP ranking tool. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will end on October 16, 2015. Any applications received after a batching, will be considered in the next batching pool if funds are available.

Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule. Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate. Limitations set at the county level will not apply to applicants applying for funds at the state level (Vet,LR,N&B, SD) or any other state funded pool of allocations



  1. (512) Forage and Biomass planting- practice funding limited to $11950.00
  2. (614) Watering Facilities- practice funding limited to $3872.00 (Only to be used in conjunction with or the establishment of a 3 or more  paddock rotational grazing system,  or  fencing out a creek or stream which serves as the main source of  livestock water and based on state level  AU restrictions)
  3. (561) Heavy Use Area practice funding is limited to $7776.00  (Limitation Not Applicable to Watering Facilities)
  4. (382) Fencing Perimeter fencing practice funding is limited to $7900.00 - is not funded, unless it is used to establish an approved small ruminant woodland grazing system.
  5. (382) Cross fencing practice funding is limited to $7900.00  (only to be used to establish a 3 paddock or more prescribed grazing system or to increase paddocks on an established 3 pasture or more prescribed grazing system)
  6. (516) Pipeline practice funding is limited to  $5200.00
  7. Longleaf tree planting will be restricted to containerized seedlings with a funding limitation of $18,300, this includes practice(s) needed for establishment.
  8. (340) Cover Crops practice funding limited to $7500.00
  9. (316)-Eco Drums practice funding is limited to $7500.00
  10. (316)-Traditional  Composters will not be considered for funding
  11. (313) Litter sheds will not be considered for funding
  12. (378) Ponds will not be considered for funding
  13.  (655) Forest trails and landings practice funding is limited to $5020.00

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website: