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Conservation Activity Plans - Energy

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) are specialized, in-depth plans that address specific resources and can be used to improve management. Connecticut offers CAPs for Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, Nutrient Management, Forestry, Energy-Agriculture, Organic Transition, and Wildlife. These plans will be written by a Technical Service Provider (TSP) based on the objectives and needs of the landowner or land manager. The landowner/manager may choose a TSP from an approved list of certified, registered technical service providers from the Technical Service Provider Registry.

Energy CAP: Agricultural Energy Management Plan

The Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) is an analysis of current farm infrastructure and management with recommendations about how to reduce energy consumption on the farm. These plans can be done on farm headquarters such as dairy, greenhouses, or maple syrup operations. Plan Criteria

For FY2014, the payment rates for AgEMPs are as follows:
Type Size EQIP General Rate   Historically Underserved Rate
Livestock <70 AU $1,212.82 $1,455.39
70-300 AU $1,586.80 $1,904.16
301 - 2500AU $1,950.26 $2,340.31
>2500 AU $2,524.31 $3,029.17
Non-livestock Single Enterprise $2,016.73 $2,420.07
2 Enterprisess $2,535.77 $3,078.92
3 Enterprises $3,462.20 $4,154.64
Non-Irrigated Crop Field <50 ac  $1,308.57 $1,570.29
50-499 ac $1,661.94 $1,994.33
500-5,000 ac $2,025.61 $2,431
>5,000 ac $2,629.50 $3,155.40
Irrigated Crop Field <50 ac $2,030.55 $2,436.66
50-499 ac $2,698.53 $3,238.23
500-5,000 ac $3,481.14 $4,177.36
> 5,000 ac $3,909.01 $4,690.81
Combination Operations: Livestock + Non-livestock Enterprises <70 AU + 1 Enterprise $2,043.88 $2,452.65
<70 AU + 2 Enterprises $2,874.93 $3,449.92
<70 AU + 3 Enterprises $3,705.98 $4,447.18
70-300 AU + 1 enterprise $2,417.85 $2,901.42
70-300 AU + 2 Enterprises $3,248.91 $3,898.69
70-300 AU + 3 Enterprises $4,079.96 $4,895.95
301-2500 AU + 1 Enterprise $2,781.31 $3,337.57
301-2500 AU + 2 Enterprises $3,612.36 $4,334.83
301-2500 AU + 3 Enterprises $4,443.41 $5,332.10
> 2500 AU + 1 Enterprise $3,355.36 $4,026.43
> 2500 AU + 2 Enterprises $4,186.41 $5,023.70
> 2500 AU + 3 Enterprises $5,017.47 $6,020.96

Payments

You will receive payment when the plan is complete. Please note that this payment rate is estimated to be a portion of the total amount you will pay for the plan – 75% for general applicants, and 90% of historically underserved* applicants. You will be responsible for paying the rest to the TSP Provider. (For more information about historically underserved groups, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/SLB_Farmer/)

How Do I Apply?

CAPs are funded through the EQIP Program. Call or visit your local NRCS Service Center for an application and begin your eligibility paperwork:

Danielson Service Center - (860) 779-0557, Ext. 102
71 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT 06239
Raymond Covino, District Conservationist

Norwich Service Center - (860) 887-3604, Ext. 300
238 West Town Street, Norwich, CT 06360
Javier Cruz, District Conservationist

Torrington Service Center - (860) 626-8258, Ext. 200
1185 New Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Kathleen Johnson, District Conservationist

Hamden Service Center - (203) 287-8038, Ext. 101
51 Mill Pond Road, Hamden, CT 06514-1703
Diane Blais, District Conservationist

Windsor Service Center - (860) 688-7725, Ext. 118
100 Northfield St., 4th Floor, Windsor, CT 06095
Vivian Felten, District Conservationist