The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in
Marion County, Alabama, is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2013 Fiscal Year. Applications will be
accepted on a continuous basis. Any eligible land user who has a resource
concern or problem on pastureland, hay land, cropland, forestland or other
eligible agricultural land may apply for assistance through this program.
Applications may be made at:
Marion/Winston USDA Service Center
285 Laurel Lane
Hamilton, Alabama 35570
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 205-921-3103, extension 3
Contact: District Conservationist
Local resource concerns have been discussed and
identified by the local USDA work group. The concerns have been prioritized as:
Water Quality/Animal Waste
Irrigation Water Management
All applications will be ranked using an environmental
benefits worksheet. 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.
The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing
applications will end October 19, 2012. Additional batching periods will be
used, if funds remain available. Any application filed after a batching date
will be considered in the next pool of funding.
The Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and
Payment Schedule will be used in Marion County, with the following exceptions:
Residue management (conservation tillage) incentive
payments will be limited to $9,000 per applicant unless funds remain after
funding of all the eligible county concerns.
Pasture planting will be limited to $10,400 per
applicant unless funds remain after funding of all the eligible county
concerns. If the acreage limit is raised because of the availability of
funds, the acreage limit will be raised equally for all eligible
Nutrient Management and Pest Management as related
to Precision Ag will have a limit of $4,000 per year for 2 years per
participant for both Nutrient and Pest Management on the same acres. A
maximum of $8,000 per year for 2 years per participant for either Nutrient
or Pest Management.
Prescribed Grazing (Pest Management) for noxious
weed control will be a maximum of $3,600.
Fencing (related to cross fencing) will be a maximum
Watering facilities (Troughs) are limited to $6,050.
Tree planting is a maximum of $7,500.
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.