EQIP Manure and Waste Treatment Signup 2014


Overview of Waste Management in EQIP (Waste Storage, Composting, Digestion, Separation and Treatment)


Farmers with a written Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) completed and accepted by NRCS will be given bonus points for scoring. This applies to those applying for Practice Standard 313 - Waste Storage Facility, Practice Standard 317 - Composting Facility, Practice Standard 366-Anaerobic Digester Controlled Temperature, Practice Standard 632, Solid/Liquid Waste Separation Facility, or Practice Standard 629, Waste Treatment (Incinerators, or Other Treatment Facilities option, only.) 

NOTE:  Separation of sand will not be included as an eligible component under Practice Standard 632.

Eligibility Criteria


General Eligibility: In order to be eligible to signup for Waste Management Practices, applicants must be eligible producers. The land offered must also be determined eligible by NRCS.  Eligible land is land that has a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner that the waste management will address.  Prior to the end of the application ranking period, the producer must be able to demonstrate control of the land being offered for EQIP.   Applicant must have control of the land throughout the EQIP contract period through ownership or lease.  The producer must complete and sign all necessary forms including the CCC-1200 (which is the official application) before the sign-up period ends.

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

Eligibility Specific to Waste Management Practices

In order to be eligible for this signup an applicant, PRIOR TO the close of the signup period must:

  • demonstrate the availability of a minimum of one acre of cropland per animal unit for land application of manure for the life of the contract. The number of animal units are based on the number of animals at the site.

  • provide a preliminary or final design for all Waste Management Practices. The design must be completed and stamped by a Wisconsin registered engineer, or can be completed by someone with appropriate NRCS engineering job approval authority or DATCP Agricultural Engineering Practitioner Certification. A design must at minimum incorporate:

    • A management and site assessment. (See NRCS Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook - Chapter 10 Wisconsin Supplements)

    • Soil borings per the applicable NRCS practice standard requirements.

    • A site plan showing the proposed practices and soil borings.

    • An estimated cost of the practices in the waste management system.

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.

All identified needed upland practices and farmstead practices must be completed according to NRCS standards prior to any funds being provided for the Waste Management 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.