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16 Blount Co EQIP

Blount County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Blount 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 cropland, pastureland, hay land, forestland or wildlife land may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Blount County USDA Service Center
55545 US Hwy 231, Suite A
Oneonta, Alabama 35121
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone:  205-274-2363, extension 3
Fax:   877-450-6833
Contact:  District Conservationist

The USDA work group established a ranking of resource concerns to guide the ranking process in Blount County. The ranking is as follows:

  1. Grazing Lands/Pastureland
  2. Forest Health & Wildlife/Woodland
  3. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  4. Erosion/Soil Quality/Cropland

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 first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 16, 2015.  Additional batching periods may be set if funds are available.

The Blount County workgroup approved the use of the NRCS State Practice List and State Program Payment Rates.

Historically underserved applicants will receive a higher rate of financial assistance.

 

 

Limitations

  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315) and Pest Management (595) will not be offered as financially assisted practices in Blount County.  These are considered management practices in cropland and therefore will be considered as management practices in all land uses.
  • Pond (378) will not be offered as a financially assisted practice in Blount County due to the significant expense of building a pond, the unpredictability of a pond holding water, and the more cost effective and reliable alternatives.
  • Farmstead Energy Improvements (374) will not be offered as financially assisted practices in Blount County.  These items pay for themselves in energy savings, often in less than 10 years and are now considered a management practice.
  • Tree/Shrub Site Prep (490), Tree/Shrub Establishment (612), and Forest Stand Improvement (666) will be planned for a minimum of 10 acres due to the feasibility of these practices.
  • Tree/Shrub Site Prep (490) will have a limit of (40 acres) ($6,960 / $8,360 HU).
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612) will have a limit of (40 acres) ($5,120 / $6,160 HU).
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666) will have a limit of (40 acres) ($2,316 / $2,780).
  • Residue Management (329) will have a limit of (50 acres) ($660 / $792 HU).
  • Forage and Biomass Planting (512) will have a limit of (100 Acres) ($15,000 / $18,100 HU).
  • Heavy Use Area (561) will have a limit of (5,000 square feet) ($10,900 / $13,100 HU).
  • Fencing (382) will have a limit of (5,280 feet) ($10,824 / $13,042 HU).
  • Waste Storage Facility (313) will have a limit of (1,600 square feet) ($5,552 / $6,672 HU).
  • Roofs and Covers (367) will have a limit of (1,720 square feet) ($9,099 / $10,905 HU).

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.