Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Tom Morgart welcomed 21 attendees of the State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). Members introduced themselves.
Listener comments from the Partner Meetings help in November were distributed. The comments have also been given to NRCS headquarters. Maryland NRCS will take the comments and break them down further to better understand partners responses.
A law was passed last year to allow stacking of state and federal cost share programs
NRCS will speak at a training for foresters in February
Program sign-up was advertised in the Delmarva Farmer and Lancaster
News released was sent to large and small news outlets across the state to announce program sign-up dates
News releases about specific lesser-known opportunities such as CCPI and Organic were also sent
New displays have been created for an updated outreach approach
Nutrient Management - No report
Tom Morgart announced NRCS will be advertising multiple positions on USDA jobs in the coming weeks.
NHQ sweep of FY11 financial assistance $ is currently set at April 1, this may change.
CCPI- January 28th ï‚§ AWEP- January 28th
CIG- February 1st EQIP/CBWI
Requirements for 2011 program remain the same
Exception- land enrolled in CBWI must drain into the Chesapeake Bay
Fund codes and funding remain mostly the same
CAPs are now broken into separate fund codes to allow for easier tracking
Priority areas for CBWI remain the same
New ranking questions relating to CEAP- avoid, trap, control
CAPS offered o CNMP, Energy, Forest Management, Irrigation
Nutrient Management, Organic and transition to organic
No TSPs currently
NM CAP is more detailed than CNMP, includes a conservation plan
Practices offered remain the same
EQIP Exception- New CAPS
CBWI Exception- Waste storage facilities now offered for non-manure producing operations
Must have CNMP
Payment only 50%
BMP Challenge- Nutrient Management strip trials in Showcase watershed and one other location
Suggestions- Monocacy, Sassafrass, other Upper Chester locations
Tom will send BMP info to Jim Baird, Louise Lawrence, and Lynne Hoot for review and advice
Bermuda Grass sprigs- Cecil and Harford County
Led by Elmer Dengler
For state component considering offering $300,000, with a $75,000 maximum per project, and the partner must match.
4 members agree
AMA- Ed Burns
Can now be heated at owners expense
Funded 60 last year, 15 unfunded
5th National Priority
Contract length- minimum one year following implementation
Forgone income now considered in payments, much like EQIP
Approximately $100,000 in FY11 funding
May 16th obligation for first sign-up
12 new enhancements
5 enhancements return after being removed for FY10 second round signup
13 new bundles
5 bundles for each land use
5 enhancements per bundle
Higher payment rate for use of bundles than each practice separately
WRP- Tiffany Davis
GARCs- NRCS headquarters put a cap of $5,000 on GARCs, Maryland is working on an appeal for areas of the state with higher land values
$7 million in FY11 funding
15-20 application in system so far
$4 million of easements closed at the end of 2010.
Now accepting applications from NGOs and governments
$3.4 million in FY11 funding
Maryland is approved to use individual appraisals instead of GARCs
$223,000 in funding for FY11
Now accepting applications for 10 or 20 year rentals and permanent easements
Showcase Watershed – Jen Nelson
Partnership Open House-Feb 10th
Open to Partners and landowners
Will be completed by the end of February
Will not start until farm assessment are complete
USGS has responsibility
Robert McDonald, landowner in Talbot County, announces a Seminar “How to Manage Your Land for Quail and Woodcock,” February 10, 2011 at Pintail Point. The seminar will show the economics of having habitat.
Tom Morgart announces a Request for Proposals for Technical Assistance will be issued in the near future.
Will new Showcase Watershed be established?
TM- NRCS is considering new locations, but will not establish new showcases until the first is more established and problems and solutions have been identified.
Upper Chester successful in efforts so far. Compared to VA and PA’s showcases-