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EQIP Manure and Waste Treatment Signup 2015

 

Waste Storage, Composting, Digestion, Separation and Treatment

To be eligible for EQIP financial assistance, the producer must not have started the practice prior to having an EQIP contract approved by NRCS.
 

Priority of Applications for Waste Management Practices

High Priority applications will have obtained all necessary permits, land rights, surveys, final designs and inspections for structural practices.

Medium Priority applications will:

  • Have a management and site assessment completed by a Wisconsin registered engineer, or by someone with appropriate NRCS engineering job approval authority or DATCP Agricultural Engineering Practitioner Certification.  (For more on management and site assessments, see NRCS Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook - Chapter 10 Wisconsin Supplements)

  • Soil borings per the applicable NRCS practice standard requirements.

Additional Requirements 

An inventory and evaluation of the main production site (farmstead), any associated satellite sites and land where waste will be applied must be completed. The inventory and evaluations will determine the need for additional farmstead practices and any upland treatment needed. The applicant must agree to perform all practices that are identified as needed. (Use the CNMP Agronomic and Engineering Inventory and Evaluation Worksheets and tools) Identified practices may also be part of the EQIP application for Waste management Practices and are eligible for EQIP funding.

  • Existing Waste management Practices, on the site (farmstead) of the EQIP application but not part of the waste stream in the applicant’s preliminary or finals design, must have met the existing NRCS standards at the time of construction or are not causing a resource concern.

  • Existing Waste Management Practices, on the site (farmstead) of the EQIP application and part of the waste stream in the applicant’s preliminary or finals design, must meet or be upgraded to the current NRCS standards

  • Erosion control (sheet and rill erosion) – Cropland where nutrients are mechanically applied must be included in a conservation plan that results in adequate treatment. (Less than the tolerable soil loss (T) calculated over the life of the crop rotation). The conservation plan must be under implementation. Conservation practices to control sheet and rill soil erosion include but are not limited to, contour farming, contour strip cropping, contour buffer strips, no-till planting, crop rotations, terraces, or other practices to which the professional conservationists and farm operator agree.

  • Ephemeral Erosion (gullies) Concentrated flow channels in areas where nutrients are mechanically applied must be included in a conservation plan that results in adequate treatment. Practices which treat concentrated flow erosion include but are not limited to, grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins, and critical area planting.

  • Applicant must agree to close or retrofit (for non-entry) existing drive-in covered tank(s) or manure transfer channel(s) that are part of the waste stream in the applicant's preliminary or final design.

Developing an EQIP Contract

Applicants who rank high enough to be selected for plan development and contracting must have a CNMP developed. The CNMP will outline the practices that will be included on the contract, and develop a preliminary schedule for implementing practices.

Practices must be started within 12 months of contract approval by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) representative. Once begun, the producer is expected to make continuous progress towards implementation. Failure to commence a practice within 12 months of contract approval will result in contract termination unless circumstances beyond the producer’s control prevented the start of the practice.