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2016 Lowndes Co EQIP

Lowndes County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Lowndes 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 that has a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, or forestland may apply for assistance through this program.

Applications will be taken at:

USDA-NRCS
15 North Washington Street
Hayneville, Alabama  36040
Hours:  8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Phone:  334-548-2767
Contact:  District Conservationist: Pete Wheeler

The first batching period will end on October 16, 2015. All applications received on or before this date will then be ranked using the NRCS state approved Ranking Tool. If all monies are not obligated during the first batching, then subsequent batchings will be held as needed.

Local concerns that have been prioritized are:

  1. Grazing Lands
  2. Soil Quality/Erosion on Cropland
  3. Water Quality/Animal Waste
  4. Forest Health and Wildlife
  5. Irrigation Water Management(efficiency only)

All applications will be ranked and approvals based on the Alabama environmental ranking tool in order to insure that the most environmental benefits are received for the dollars expended. Individuals with the highest point totals generated from this ranking tool will be given priority and approvals will be given to those applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits, i.e. those receiving the most environmental points. In the case of a tie between applications, the application with the lowest cost for benefits obtained will be considered for program payments.

All conservation practices in the Alabama NRCS state list will be available for use in solving the conservation needs in Lowndes County. The following limits will be in effect:

  • Cover Crop (340) - $6000 Regular and $7200 NBF,SD and LR
  • Site Prep (490) - $6500 Regular and $7800 NBF, SD and LR
  • Fencing(382) - $15000 Regular and $18000 NBF, SD and LR
  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315) - $1500 Regular and $1800 NBF,SD and LR
  • Early Successional Habitat Management (647) – $2000 Regular and $2400 NBF,SD and LR
  • Heavy Use Areas (561) – $15000 Regular and $18000 NBF,SD and LR limited to areas around gates, feeding pads and watering facilities
  • Pasture Planting (512) – $20000 Regular and $24000 NBF, SD and LR

Program payment rates and limits on all other practices will be the same as listed in the Alabama NRCS state approved list.

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

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.