“The FSA and (Natural Resources Conservation Service) were helpful with eligibility and contract administration. A few months into the application process, a letter of intent to pursue came in the mail. And shortly after, we had a contract.
Implementation has started. Currently, Anderson Farm has a prescribed grazing plan that includes water, fencing, and a continuous cover of vigorous grasses and clovers.
“As with anything on the farm, completing chores and paying bills can be stressful,” Anderson said. “Baldwin County (Natural Resources Conservation Service) staff have always been available for technical assistance, and the financial side has always been punctual and hassle-free.”
It gives his family great pleasure, he says, to see clean, healthy animals on pastures that are not overgrazed, in addition to having access to a clean, reliable water supply.
“Our soil can now withstand rains of up to 5 inches without erosion problems,” he said. “Although change may be difficult, it was the right decision for us and we appreciate the assistance of the (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) through the (Natural Resources Conservation Service). “
He plans to continue administering the pasture prescribed under his Environmental Quality Incentive Program contract as he expands his growing cattle herd each year, with the potential to convert more acres. in pasture in the future. He hopes to achieve a carrying capacity that meets his objectives, while sustainably managing his pastures.