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16 Barbour Co EQIP

Barbour County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Barbour 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 with periodic batching dates.  The first batching date will be Friday October 16, 2015.

Any eligible land user who has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland or forestland may apply for assistance through this program. Applications may be made at the NRCS office located at the USDA Service Center building behind the Courthouse in Clayton at the following address:

USDA-NRCS
18 Nern Street
Clayton, Alabama 36016
Phone: 334-775-3266, extension 3
Fax: 855-747-0598
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact:  District Conservationist

The local work group has prioritized the resource concerns in Barbour County in the following order:

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

Applications are limited to one resource concern.  Applications will be ranked and receive a score of environmental points by using the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Ranking Tool.  Applications for Sod-based Rotation (Practice 328), Forage and Biomass Planting (Practice 512), erosion control on cropland, and well-pipe-trough systems for livestock water will receive a priority of “High”.  Applications for Irrigation Systems (Practice 442) will receive a priority of “Medium”.  All other applications will receive a “Low” priority.

The first batching date for 2016 will be October 16, 2015.  All complete applications received as of this date will be ranked and prioritized.  Applicants must specify the practices and amount of each practice they are applying for by the batching date.  Additional practices or amounts may be added only if the field office determines that they are needed to meet the resource concern.  If the applicant requests changes to the application after the batching date, the application will be deferred to the next batching period.

Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of their priority and environmental points until all funds are obligated.  Subsequent batching dates may be announced if funds become available.  All unfunded applications on hand as of September 30, 2016 will be canceled unless the applicant has requested that their application be deferred to fiscal year 2017.

All conservation practices and payment rates will be the same as in the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule.  Limited Resource Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be paid at an increased payment rate.

Tree planting will be limited to longleaf pine.  

Land will not be eligible for Forage and Biomass Planting until it has been cleared sufficiently to allow disking with a farm tractor.

In addition to the state-wide restrictions, the following limits will be in effect for contracts using county allocation funds:

  • Critical Area Planting – $17,675
  • Pasture/Hayland Planting – $23,900
  • Timber Stand Improvement – $13,000
  • Irrigation Water Management – $45,000
  • Prescribed Burning – $2,500
  • Invasive Species Control – $10,000 initial treatment year limit, $6,000 follow up treatment year limit – limit 2 years
  • Watering Systems for Livestock - $25,000
  • Fencing - $7,860
  • Forest Site Prep - $13,100
  • Waste Storage Facility - $ 13,500

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.