The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering assistance by encouraging California growers to use new and innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.
Reductions of reactive nitrogen (including ammonia) emissions, atmospheric particulate, and odors can be achieved through effective land application of manure injection into the soil. At a minimum, planned nutrient application rates must be based on the cropping sequence, current soil test results, realistic yield goals, and NRCS-approved nutrient risk assessments in accordance with the 590-Nutrient Management practice standard. Manure injection may assist with adjusting the source, timing, amount, and placement of nutrients applied to minimize denitrification or ammonia volitization.
California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.
The land enrolled under the contract must be owned or in long-term control of the producer and must be currently cropped.
Manure injection is part of a nutrient management strategy. Please refer to NRCS Practice Standard 590-Nutrient Management for more information.
Recommend that diesel-powered equipment utilize cleaner, less polluting Tier-certified diesel engines.
Under a three-year contract, payments are made in the first and second years of the contract.
For More Information
For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the government section of the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture. Information is also available on the internet at http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.