The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
in Walker 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:
Walker County NRCS Field Office
1710 Alabama Avenue, Room 207
Carl Elliot Building
Jasper, Alabama 35501
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m
Contact: District Conservationist
All applications will be ranked according to the
national 2013 EQIP ranking tool. Contracts will be developed for approved
applications in order of descending environmental points from the ranking tool.
An applicant will only be able to apply for one resource concern in the
county-wide fund pool, but can apply in as many state-wide funding pools as
he/she is eligible for.
The USDA work group has prioritized the resource
concerns in Walker County as:
Forestry and Wildlife
Water Quality/Animal Waste
Irrigation Water Management
Applicants will be given a priority ranking within each
resource concern based upon the cost of the contract.
High Priority - below $10,000
Medium Priority - $10,000 - $15,000
Low Priority - above $15,000
Applications will then be funded using an alternating
resource concern method, which will fund the highest ranking applicant, in the
highest priority, in the first resource concern. The next to be funded will be
the highest ranking applicant, in the highest priority, in the second resource
concern, and so on until all top ranking applicants in all resource concerns are
funded. Then, the second highest applicant in the first resource concern, the
second highest in the next resource concern, and so on will be funded, working
through until all funding is allocated.
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.
All conservation practices will be the same as in the
2013 Alabama NRCS state approved EQIP Practice and Payment Schedule. Planned
conservation practices used to address the resource concerns will come from this
list, as will the resulting payment rate for these practices. Limited Resource
Farmers, New and Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers will be
paid at an increased payment rate.
No single practice shall exceed $10,000 for
No single practice shall exceed $12,000 for
historically underserved applicants.
Longleaf Planting will be restricted to
No payment will be made for any single
component of a watering system until all applicable practices are
installed. (i.e. pipeline, HUA – Heavy Use Area, trough, well, well pump,
pond, watering ramp, fence)
Any permanent trough installed must be placed
directly on a concrete pad with a heavy use area around it sized according
to livestock type.
Additional information is available on the
National NRCS EQIP website.