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16 Houston Co EQIP

Houston County 2016 EQIP Program
Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Houston County, Alabama, will hold the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program sign-up for the 2016 Fiscal Year.

Any eligible land user/ USDA participant with a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, may apply for assistance through this program at:

USDA-NRCS
Houston County USDA Service Center
1849 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, Alabama 36301
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 334-793-2310
 

The local work group has identified the following resource concerns as priorities in Houston County:

  1. Soil Quality/Erosion Control, (emphasis on Highly Erodible cropland).
  2. Grazing systems (fencing, livestock wells, and watering facilities).

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications is October 16, 2015. All applications received prior to the scheduled batching date will be ranked using the NRCS Alabama EQIP Ranking Tool. Funding will be allocated to the applications that will provide the greatest environmental benefits according to the EQIP ranking system. Conservation plans and contracts will be developed with applicants that receive funding.

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. All unfunded applications on hand as of October 1, 2016 will be cancelled. Applicants will have to resubmit EQIP assistance request for the fiscal year 2017 conservation programs.

Limitations:

  1. All Soil Quality/Erosion Control applications will be funded first.
  2. Grass planting (512): $25000 max
  3. Conservation cropping sequence (sod based rotation) (328):$25000 max.
  4. Fencing (382): 7500 max.
  5. Pipeline (516): $4000 max.
  6. Four Watering facility/HUA (614),(561) $4000 max.
  7. One water well (642) per application.
  8. No financial assistance will be available for property boundary fencing.
  9. No financial assistance for livestock shade structures.
  10. No financial assistance for Strip-tillage, funding for No-till only.

All practices and payment rates are based on the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP practice and payment schedule.

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

Eligible Conservation Practices for the Houston County pool of money are as follows:

  • 329 No-till conservation system
  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340 Small grain cover/no-till system
  • 342 Critical Area Planting
  • 350 Sediment Basins
  • 362 Diversions
  • 382 Fences
  • 386 Field Border
  • 393 Filter Strips
  • 410 Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 412 Grassed Waterways
  • 466 Land smoothing (for terraces)
  • 472 Use Exclusion
  • 512 Pasture and hayland Planting
  • 516 Pipelines
  • 561 Heavy Use Area Protection
  • 574 Spring Development
  • 590 Nutrient Management
  • 595 Pest Management
  • 600 Terrace
  • 612 Tree & Shrub Establishment
  • 614 Watering Facility
  • 620 Underground Outlets
  • 638 Water and Sediment Control Basin
  • 642 Water Well
  • 728 Stream Crossing

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.