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16 Franklin Co EQIP

Franklin County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Franklin 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:

USDA-NRCS
Franklin County USDA Service Center
13150 HWY 43 – Suite 7A
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Phone: 256-332-0274
Contact: District Conservationist

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

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

All applications will be ranked using an environmental benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to the applicants that will provide the greatest 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 as needed.

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

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

Limitations

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.