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16 Colbert Co EQIP

Colbert County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colbert County, Alabama, will hold a signup 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 pastureland, cropland, forestland, or hay land may apply for assistance through this program.

 

Applications may be made at the NRCS office at:

 

USDA-NRCS
Colbert County USDA Service Center
1700 Neil Morris Road, Suite A
Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-383-4323, extension 3
Fax: 256-383-8250
Contact: District Conservationist

 

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

 

  1. Grazing Lands/Forest Health
  2. Water Quality
  3. Erosion/Soil Quality
  4. Irrigation Water Management (efficiency only)

 

All applications will be ranked using an environmental benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to the

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.

Applications will be batched and ranked. The first batching of applications will have a cut-off date of October 16, 2015. Subsequent batching dates will be announced if funds are available.

All applications received will be ranked according to the National 2016 EQIP ranking tool.

All practices, restrictions, limits, and payment rates will be the same as in the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule except as follows:

Treatment Stipulations

Perimeter fencing will not be funded. Livestock must be present for cross fencing to be considered.

Conservation tillage will have a maximum of $9,000 per year per farming operation.

Invasive species control will be limited to Chinese Privet, Kudzu, and cogongrass

Pasture planting will have a maximum of $10,400 per farming operation.

Pasture spraying will have a maximum of $2,345 per year per farming operation.

Forest Site Preparation and Tree Planting practices will be limited to $10,000.

Limited Resource, Socially Disadvantaged, and New and Beginning Farmer applicants may be funded at a higher program payment rate.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.