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16 Covington Co EQIP

Covington County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Covington 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, hayland, animal agriculture, or woodland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications may be made at:

USDA-NRCS
Covington County USDA Service Center
23952 Alabama Highway 55, Suite 1
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone:  334-222-3519, extension 3
Fax:  855-747-0598
Contact:  District Conservationist

The USDA Work Group has identified the following resource concerns in Covington County and all have equal priority:

  1. Soil Erosion/Soil Quality
  2. Grazing Lands

County funds will be divided among the resource concerns as follows:

  • Soil Erosion/Soil Quality – 50%
  • Grazing Lands – 50%

 

All applications in all resource concerns, taken by October 16, 2015, will be batched and ranked using the Statewide 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. Contracts will be developed for approved applications in order of descending environmental points until all funds are obligated. Any applications filed later than the scheduled batching date will be deferred and considered for approval in subsequent batching dates, if additional funding is received in fiscal year 2016.

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

Eligible practices are listed below. Payment schedules for eligible practices will be the same as those identified in the Alabama State Practice Payment Schedule.

Eligible Practices

**All Practices**

 

The following practice payments are limited to the amount shown:

Conservation Practices are Limited to:

  • Residue Management (conservation tillage) $8,100 limit per year, 2 year limit per participant.
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (sod based rotation) will be limited to $10,000 per participant.
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment limited to $10,000.
  • Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat limited to $10,000.
  • Pasture Planting will be limited to $10,000. Site preparation for grass planting must have been completed for contract approval. Planting can be accomplished under normal agricultural operations. 
  • Critical area treatment will be limited to $10,000.
  • Site Preparation limited, not to exceed medium site preparation rates.
  • Prescribed Burning and Firebreaks limited to tree planting and mid rotation release.  
  • Herbaceous Weed Control.  Kudzu - $4,000 Initial treatment year limit, $2,400 follow up treatment year limit, 2 year limit.  Cogongrass - $3,000 Initial treatment year limit, 2 year limit.
  • Forestland light to moderate release or thinning will be limited to $13,000.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.