Conservation on the Ground –
EQIP Program Helps Covington County Farmer
by Merry Buford, Soil Conservationist, Covington County, Alabama
Rickie Tillis, Covington
County farmer from the Fleeta
community, has 33 acres enrolled
in the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP). Mr.
Tillis is a part-time farmer, and a
full-time employee at the Micolas
Cotton Mill. Tillis’ EQIP plan calls
for converting a field from row
crops to pasture land and
renovating some of his pasture
land to improve the forage.
Mr. Tillis will create seven
paddocks to improve his grazing
system with rotational grazing
after he installs 9711 feet of
fencing. He is installing a well and
four watering facilities for 48
livestock animals to improve the
quality of their drinking water. By
Rickie Tillis (l) talks with Leon Wages, Soil Conservation
Technician, about his EQIP plan.
installing a critical area treatment
nd a water sediment control basin, Tillis will also be able to control an eroding area. All th
will make Mr. Tillis’ farm more productive and efficient.
This year the EQIP program has been the biggest Covington County has ever seen.
atural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved approximately 27 EQIP contracts
or an approximate total of $294,483. Some of the best management practices installed
hrough the EQIP program include converting cropland to pasture land, renovating existing
asture to improve productivity, installing wells and watering facilities to improve livestock
ealth and control erosion.
If you are interested in signing up for the EQIP program, or have questions, please
ome by our office at 23952 AL Highway 55, Suite 1 in Andalusia or call (334) 222-3519 ext 3.
Helping people help the land. That’s our business.
he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin,
ge, disability, and where applicable, sex, marit