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Agriculture Energy Management Plan 2010

Agricultural Energy Management Plan - 2010 (Archived)

Sign up deadline was June 18, 2010

Overview

The Agricultural Energy Conservation and Efficiency initiative is designed to help agricultural producers transition to more energy efficient operations.  This initiative is designed to save both money and energy when fully implemented.

$2 million is being made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this initiative in fiscal year 2010 and will entail approximately 1,000 on-farm energy audit evaluations in 28 states including Arkansas.  The energy audits will be individually tailored to ensure coverage of each farm’s  primary energy uses such as irrigation pumping, heating and cooling of livestock production facilities, manure collection and transfer, grain drying, and similar common on-farm activities.

The 2008 Farm Bill provides authority to use EQIP financial assistance funds for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) appropriate for the eligible land of a program participant. The Farm Bill statute allows EQIP payments for up to 75 percent of the estimated incurred cost of practice implementation for the development of an AgEMP meeting agency standards and requirements.  Dairy, beef, poultry, swine, and other agricultural operations are included in this energy efficiency initiative.

As energy becomes a larger portion of operating costs, agricultural producers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by implementing conservation practices that promote energy conservation and efficiency.

Application Information

Agricultural producers in Arkansas have until June 18 to submit an application to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Payment Rates

EQIP payments are made directly to program participants for development of a CAP by a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP).

Eligible Practice Activity Payment Rate Payment Rate
for Historically
Underserved
Participants
Small AgEMP - 70 animal units or 50 acres of crop, hay or pasture land $937.50 $1,125
Medium AgEMP - 71-210 animal units or 51-500 acres of crop, hay or pasture land $1,125 $1,350
Large AgEMP - 211-2,500 animal units or 501-2,500 acres of crop, hay or pasture land $1,500 $1,800
Extra Large AgEMP - 2,501 or more animal units or 2,501 or more acres of crop, hay or pasture land $2,625 $3,150

Technical Service Provider Information

The requirements to become a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop CAPs is on the NRCS TechReg website under the menu item "Conservation Activity Plans". In addition, producers who are looking for a qualified TSP to develop a CAP can use this website to find certified TSPs.

Additional Information

Program Contact

Corey Farmer
(501) 301-3122

Last Modified: 01/27/2011