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14 Houston Co EQIP 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 2014 Fiscal Year. Any eligible land user/ USDA participant with a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, or forestland 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 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 334-793-2310, Extension 3
Fax: 334-792-3695   
Contact: District Conservationist

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

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

The first batching period for ranking and prioritizing applications is October 18, 2013. 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 2014. All unfunded applications on hand as of October 1, 2014, will be cancelled. Applicants will have to resubmit EQIP assistance request for the fiscal year 2015 conservation programs.

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

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

Limitations:

  • High residue conservation tillage (329), and fall planted small grain required (340): 1 year limit, $25,000 max per application
  • Grass planting (512): $25,000.
  • Conservation cropping sequence (sod based rotation) (328): $20,000.
  • Fencing (382): $7,500.
  • Pipeline (516): $2,500.
  • Watering facility/Heavy Use Area (614) (561): $2,500.
  • Water well (642): $5,100.
  • No financial assistance will be available for property boundary fencing.
  • No financial assistance for livestock shade structures

Eligible Conservation Practices:

  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 329A Residue Management, Conservation tillage
  • 340 Cover Crops
  • 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 and Shrub Establishment
  • 614 Watering Facility
  • 620 Underground Outlets
  • 638 Water and Sediment Control Basin
  • 642 Water Well
  • 728 Stream Crossing

The list of eligible conservation practices is expanded to all available practices in the State-wide project and special emphasis programs.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.