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16 Macon Co EQIP

Macon County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

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

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS/Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
1325 A Franklin Road
Tuskegee, Alabama 36083
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: District Conservationist

Special arrangements for taking applications on the farm can be made by making an appointment with the District Conservationist.

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

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

All applications will be ranked using the Alabama NRCS state-wide EQIP ranking tool.  Approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points. Practices that provide the greatest economic and environmental benefits will be emphasized.

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 period for ranking and prioritizing applications will be October 16, 2015 and additional applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of funding if additional funds become available.

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

Planned conservation practices used to address the priority resource concerns will come from the Alabama NRCS state list.  Invasive species will be considered at the county level if not addressed at state level. Eligible practices, restrictions and payment rates are the same as those adopted by Alabama NRCS state-wide.

The following local practice restrictions will apply:

  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)-

(Regular) $12,013;

(Historically Underserved) $14,415

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.