USDA-NRCS COST SHARE PROGRAM by ert554898

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									USDA-NRCS COST
SHARE PROGRAM
    BILL HUGHES
  STATE RESOURCE
  CONSERVATIONIST
   ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
 INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP)
 Regular   Program…………….$10,412,279

Special Programs
 Litter Transport………………….$692,885
 Invasive Species………………..$293,178
 Water Conservation…………….$236,900

Total EQIP.…………………….$11,656,824
          OTHER PROGRAMS
   Wildlife Habitat Incentives
    Program (WHIIP)…………………………...…$426,955

   Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
     Contracts………………..…………..…..….$269,000

     Easement..………………………………….$373,400



   Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)
     Easement………………………….………..$680,000



   Farm & Ranchland Protection
    Program (FRPP)
      Easements………………………….......…$1,035,500
 Total Cost Shares/Easements
 $14,344,300
      EQIP Regular Program
 Erosion on Cropland
 Water Quality—Animal Waste
 Grazing Lands
 Water Conservation
 At-Risk Species (wildlife and ecosystems)
       EQIP—Litter Transport
 Movement     of Poultry Litter from heavy
  poultry production counties to others
 Contracts with recipient producers
 Three years maximum
 Establish relationships and develop
  logistics for continued usage of litter
 Funded by Ranking
      EQIP-Invasive Species
 Assist Landowners in controlling invasive
  plants identified by Invasive Plant Council
 Follow recommended treatment
  herbicides, timing and management
 Incentive payments for 3 years and one
  year follow-up
 Funded by Ranking
    EQIP-Water Conservation
 To   assist producers in making existing
  irrigation systems more efficient
 3 year incentive payments
 Retooling or replacing system
 Other water conserving agronomic and
  management practices associated
 Funded by Ranking
 Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
 Develop  Habitats to encourage
  populations of at-risk or species with less
  than potential populations in the state
 Habitats: Longleaf pine ecosystem, early
  successional habitat, Open-Canopy
  Forests, etc.
 Target Species: T&E’s, quail, waterfowl,
  neo-tropical birds
  Grassland Reserve Program
 Agreements    with landowners to retain land
  in grass into future.
 10, 15, 20, 30 year Long Term
  Agreements
 30 year and Perpetual Easements
 Protect from conversion to other uses, i.e.
  urban sprawl, cultivation, forested
    Wetland Reserve Program
 To  return prior converted wetlands back to
  a planned wetland condition
 Long Term Agreements, 30 year &
  Perpetual Easements
 All Perpetual Easements to date
   Farm & Ranchland Protection
            Program
 To  protect prime and unique farmland from
  risk of conversion to non-farm uses, i.e.
  commercial or residential development
 Perpetual easement to purchase
  development rights
 Able to retain in farming, following normal
  farming practices
 Able to transfer to family, sell, etc. with
  easement attached
  Conservation Security Program
             (CSP)
 Wheeler  Lake Watershed
 700,000 acres
 5,500 farms
 Parts of 8 Alabama counties and 3
  Tennessee Counties
 High percentage and acres of Cropland
  and Pasture
                    Cropland
   Crop Rotation (2-3 years high residue crop in
    rotation)
   Conservation Tillage (High Residue)
   Field Borders
   Terraces, waterways, etc. as needed
   Nutrient Management
   Pest Management
   Willing to pursue additional conservation
    enhancements
                 Pasture
 Following  Grazing Plan (rotating pasture)
 Cross Fencing
 Water Supplies
 Pest Management
 Nutrient Management
 Keep livestock and grazing records
 Willing to pursue additional conservation
  enhancements

								
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