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16 Etowah Co EQIP

Etowah County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

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


Applications may be made at:





Etowah County USDA Service Center 312-B South Third Street

Gadsden, Alabama 35901


Hours: Monday through Friday - 7: 30 a.m. until 4:00 p. m. Phone: 256-546-4841, extension, 110

Contact: District Conservationist



The USDA work group has prioritized the following resource concerns for Etowah County:



1.   Grazing Lands

2.    Forest Health and Wildlife


3.   Soil Quality/Erosion

4.   Water Quality/AnimalWaste

5.   Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only)



The top application in each resource concern will be funded first, then the second application in each concern until this process uses up all allocated money.


Approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits in each resource concern i.e., those receiving the most environmental points. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points in each resource concern, until all funds are obligated.


Limits per Contract



  • Forage Planting - $12,000


  • Cover Crops - $14,400


  • Tree planting - $7500


  • All management practices - $1750 per practice


  • All Animal Waste Facilities - $15,000


  • Ponds will no longer be a financial assisted practice.



Applications will be batched and ranked according to State Office Schedule. The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 16,   2015. Any applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding, if additional funds become available.


Etowah County will use the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule to fund practices. Plans will be developed using conservation practices and payments rates in 2016 EQIP Handbook to address resource concerns.


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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.