Grazing Pilot Announced for Alabama

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, USDA-NRCS

USDALivestock producers in Alabama’s Black Belt region are being encouraged to sign up for a new pilot program through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

AUBURN, May 4, 2016 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced a new pilot that will target small, underserved livestock operations in the Black Belt region. The grazing pilot, which is funded under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will target producers in the following StrikeForce counties: Dallas, Wilcox, Marengo, Hale and Perry. Through StrikeForce, NRCS is working with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty.

The pilot project is a joint effort between NRCS and The United Christian Community Association (TUCCA), a local community based organization that has identified specific conservation needs for livestock producers in the area. TUCCA has received a 2501 grant to provide hands on technical assistance to eligible farmers. Through this project, NRCS and the association will work with livestock producers on implementing conservation practices that will improve forage quality and quantity and reduce soil erosion through rotational grazing planning.

State Conservationist Ben Malone said, “The success of this effort will not be in the number that apply but it will be measured in the number of producers that achieve an improved resource base, improved income and land retention.”
Eligible livestock producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to sign up between April 22, 2016 and May 13, 2016.