AFO/CAFO Animal Waste Management
Statewide AFO/CAFO Animal Waste Management
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Animal Feeding Operations/Confined Animal Feeding Operations (AFO/CAFO) operations can apply for EQIP financial assistance for the storage, treatment, and utilization of animal waste. This is a statewide process to address the water quality impacts of these operations to the rivers and streams of the state.
These funds will be available only to existing and expanding beef, dairy, swine, or poultry confined feeding operations. A lower priority will be given to operations that are planning expansion beyond current levels or capacity, and all applications for new facilities and poultry operations are ineligible for evaluation under the Statewide AFO/CAFO Resource Concern Criteria.
Application Process, Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by the application ranking cut-off will be considered for the initial selections. Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications received.
Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix which is available from the local field office and submit it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.
The following guidance is provided for determining those applications having potential to earn environmental points in the EQIP Statewide AFO/CAFO Animal Waste Management fund pool. The following criteria must be met before environmental points can be assigned:
- Offer includes planned treatment involving the production, storage, and application of animal wastes. New or relocating existing facilities are ineligible.
- Applicant must be in compliance with all federal and state regulatory requirements by completion of contract.
- All regulatory permits must be obtained by AFO/CAFO before financial assistance can be provided
- A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) is required before acceptance and must be implemented within the contract period.
- In the absence of a current waste analysis, all nitrogen and phosphorous (elemental P, not P2O5) are measured based on the amounts of nutrients present in the animal waste, as excreted, using the NRCS Agricultural Waste Management Field Manual.
- A current soil analysis must be provided for each field being offered or no points will be awarded for that element.
- Application rates and quantities of animal waste are based on the NRCS Agriculture Waste Management Field Manual or annual waste analysis. Resulting treatment must meet NRCS standards.
- All fields in the operating unit in which animal waste applications are being applied or will be applied must be evaluated and treated to quality criteria level for water quality during the EQIP contract period.
Statewide AFO/CAFO Resource Concern Ranking Criteria (PDF; 18KB)
Eligible Practices and Payment Rates
Statewide EQIP Practice Payment Rates (PDF; 32 KB)
The list of eligible conservation practices for the statewide AFO/CAFO resource concerns is limited to the following with the same payment rates as the current statewide EQIP practice payment rates.
102 - Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan-written (CNMP)
313 - Waste Storage Facility
316 - Animal Mortality Facility
342 - Critical Area Planting
359 - Waste Treatment Lagoon
360 - Closure of Waste Impoundments
362 - Diversion
367 - Roofs and Covers
375 - Dust Control from Animal Activity on Open Lot Surfaces
380 - Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
- 386 - Field Border
391 - Riparian Forest Buffer
393 - Filter Strip
410 - Grade Stabilization Structure
412 - Grassed Waterway
436 - Irrigation Storage Reservoir
442 - Irrigation Sprinkler
521A - Pond Sealing & Lining, Flexible membrane
521D - Pond Sealing & Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment
533 - Pumping Plant*
558 - Roof Runoff Structures
561 - Heavy Use Area Protection
590 - Nutrient Management
634 - Waste Transfer
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For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.