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14 Dallas Co EQIP Program Executive Summary

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Dallas County, Alabama, announces that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for FY 2014 is open and applications are being taken on a continuous basis.

If you have a resource concern or problem on pastureland, cropland, hayland, or forestland on your farm that you need assistance to solve, visit the NRCS Office and fill out an application.

You can file this application at:                                          

USDA-NRCS
USDA Farm Service Office Building
105 Samuel Moseley Dr., Suite A
Selma, Alabama  36701
Hours: 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Phone: 334-872-2611, Extension 3
Fax: 334-872-9766
Contact: District Conservationist

Applications will be taken through October 18, 2013, which is the date for the end of the first batching period. Any funds not allocated during the first batching will be available for subsequent batching periods as needed.

The local resource concerns to be addressed with the EQIP funds are:

  1. Animals/Grazing Systems
  2. Forest Health and Wildlife
  3. Soil Quality/Erosion

All applications will be ranked within each resource concern using an environmental benefits worksheet.  The state approved ranking sheet for the above listed resource concerns will be used in ranking the applications.   The highest ranking application (i.e. those applications with the highest environmental benefit points) within each resource concern will be selected for approval.  This sequence will continue until all funds have been allocated.  In the event of a tie between applications, the application with the lowest cost for benefits obtained will be considered for program payments.

All conservation practices, payments and restrictions on the Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule will be available for use on Dallas County farms.  Payment limits as found in the 2014 EQIP Handbook for Alabama will be adhered to for total payment amount per contract for conservation practices that have funding limits with the exception of local funding limits for Forage and Biomass Planting will be $10,000 per contract and funding limits for Forestry contracts will be $10,000.  

Local funding limits for individuals qualifying as Limited Resource Farmers, Socially Disadvantaged, and New and Beginning Farmer for Forage/ Biomass Planting and Forestry contracts will not exceed $11,112.

Farmers are required to self-certify that they meet the requirements to qualify as a Limited Resource Farmer and a percentage of these applicants will be subject to NRCS State Office spot check.  New and Beginning Farmers will be required to provide documentation showing they have farmed for 10 years or less.

Additional information is available on the National NRCS EQIP website.