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16 St. Claire Co EQIP

St Clair County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in St Clair County, Alabama, announces the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for the 2016 Fiscal Year. Any eligible land users who have an approved resource concern may apply for assistance through this program.

The following resource concerns in St Clair County are approved for consideration of funding with the EQIP program and are listed below:

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

Applications may be made at:

St Clair County Soil and Water Conservation District
1815 Cogswell Avenue, Suite 108 Courthouse
Pell City, Alabama 35125
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 205-338-7215, 205-338-7225
Contacts: Rod Goode, District Conservationist or Kent St John, Soil Conservation Technician

Applicants will be ranked on the prioritized resource concerns.  The highest ranked application in each of the priority concerns will be funded first following the priority order listed above.  If funds remain available the second highest ranked applications will be funded in the priority order listed above.  This process will be repeated until all the applications are funded or until the County allocations have been obligated.  Participants can only receive funding for one application directed towards one resource concern for the countywide funds.  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.

In the event of a tie between applications, the application will be ranked by Watershed Assessment priority-ranking and secondary ties will be awarded by using a coin toss.

Payment rates on all practices will be the same as listed in the 2016 Alabama NRCS EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule. Limited Resource Farmers, New Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will receive financial assistance at an increased payment rate.

Perimeter fencing will not be funded.  For cross fencing to be considered, livestock must be present and at least 3 paddocks or more must be established for a rotational grazing system.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.