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Emergency Livestock Mortality Initiative

On December 15, 2021 Kansas agriculture was significantly impacted by a weather event.  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work to help farmers and ranchers obtain technical and financial assistance to assist in properly disposing of livestock mortality, using a practice called Animal Mortality Management, through an emergency effort via Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Farm Service Agency (FSA) also has programs that work in conjunction with NRCS.

What is the Emergency Animal Mortality Management Practice?

Producers that experienced livestock losses are encouraged to file an EQIP application with their local NRCS Field Office.  Applications are being accepted now through Friday, January 14, 2022.  Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers can apply for Emergency Animal Mortality Management to properly dispose of carcasses.  This practice can assist with rendering, incineration, and/or carcass burial costs.

Emergency Animal Mortality Management 

Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) code 368 is applied to reduce the impacts to surface and groundwater resources, reduce the impacts of odors, and decrease the spread of pathogens associated with catastrophic animal mortality.  This practice does not apply to routine animal mortality.  For routine animal mortality, use NRCS CPS Code 316, Animal Mortality Facility.

How to apply?

Step 1:  Contact your local NRCS office at under the Contact Us tab.  If you plan to apply for any other emergency programs at your USDA Service Center be sure to inquire about EQIP Animal Mortality options. 

Step 2:  Sign an application form and an early start waiver with NRCS. A blanket waiver to begin a conservation practice before having an approved contract has already by implemented by the State Conservationist. 

Step 3:  If you already have a catastrophic mortality plan, move to Step 4.  If you do not have a plan for catastrophic mortality, you can contact your local NRCS office to assist you with locating or evaluating a potential site for burial or composting.  Along with soil and water resources, NRCS will evaluate whether the site impacts cultural resources or historic preservation sites.

Over the next 30 to 60 days, NRCS will work with you to obtain a contract and identify amounts of financial assistance based on payment scenarios and estimates of your losses.

Step 4: Work with your local NRCS office to collect and provide documentation of animal loss (including rendering tickets, landfills tickets, numbers, and types of animals disposed).

Additional Information

Through EQIP, a producer can apply to receive assistance through a practice called Emergency Animal Mortality Management.  This practice provides technical and financial assistance to properly dispose of livestock.

The producer is responsible for the proper disposal of animal mortality by following requirements specific to each option.  All Federal, State, and local laws must lbe followed and are the responsibility of the producer to secure any necessary permits.

If carcasses are managed as the result of an emergency with the potential to impact immediate or long-term animal or public health and safety, farmers and producers should contact Dan Wells, Northwest District Environmental Administrator from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).


Agricultural producers, owners of non-industrial private forestland, and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.  For eligibility requirements, an EQIP application and approved early start waiver must be filed with the local NRCS office.  For this event, impacted applicants will be authorized an early start waiver for the emergency mortality management practice.  Producers should call/visit the NRCS office to sign an EQIP CPA-1200 application form and receive an early start waiver approval notification letter.

Other Program Information:

  • Financial assistance may be limited and not guaranteed.
  • Historically Underserved producers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers, Tribes, and beginning farmers/veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate.
  • Payments may be available for rendering, incineration and/or burial. Specific rates are available based on the type of disposal.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Through EQIP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and energy usage on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

While not designed to be an emergency response program, EQIP can play a vital role in assisting producers recovering from disasters.

For more information contact your local USDA Service Center, or Kansas EQIP Program Manager Joel A. Willhoft at (785) 624-3127 or .

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