Lauderdale County 2013 EQIP Program
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
in Lauderdale County, Alabama, will hold a signup for the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2013 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, forestland or hay land may apply for assistance
through this program.
Applications may be made at:
USDA - NRCS
Lauderdale County USDA Service Center
2431 Darby Drive, Suite B
Florence, Alabama 35630
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 256-764-5833, extension 3
Contact person: District Conservationist.
The USDA work group has prioritized the resource
concerns in Lauderdale County as:
Water Quality/Animal Waste
Forest Health and Wildlife
All applications will be ranked using an environmental
benefits worksheet and approvals will be given to the applicants 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.
Limitations Per Contract
Pasture planting – $15,000
Cross fencing – $6,000
Pipeline – $6,000
Water troughs – $4,000
Stream crossing – $4,000
Heavy use area – $10,000
Critical area planting – $2,000
Well – must have greater than 9 animal units and no
municipal water available
Conservation tillage – $9,000
Precision Agriculture – $4,400
Tree planting - $5,000
Forest stand improvement - $5,000
Pasture and hayland planting (code 512) requires a
current (within past 2 years) soil test to be presented to the local office
Ponds will only be funded for livestock water,
commensurate to the size of the operation, and only if municipal water is
Manure storage barns will not be eligible for
Applications will be batched and ranked. The first
batching of applications will have a cut-off date of October 19, 2012.
Applications filed later than this date will be considered in the next pool of
funding (if additional funds become available).
The Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and
Payment Schedule will be used for Lauderdale County EQIP application. Planned
conservation practices used to address the priority resource concerns will come
from this 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.