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FY22 EQIP CPAs, DIAs, And CEMAs

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An NRCS employee takes a soil sample on a farm that has incorporated many conservation practices to protect and enhance natural resources (like soil) (Charles City, Va.).

What are CPAs, DIAs, and CEMAs?

Technical service providers (TSP) or other third-party service providers (Providers) for NRCS can carry out planning, design, implementation, and monitoring tasks for NRCS conservation program purposes (previously known as Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)). NRCS has reorganized and renamed CAPs into three new categories—Conservation Planning Activities (CPAs), Design and Implementation Activities (DIAs), and Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activities (CEMAs). NRCS broke these activities out to clarify which phase of the NRCS conservation planning process the TSP/Provider will be supporting.

  • Conservation Planning Activities (CPAs): Activities that result in a conservation plan consistent with steps 1-7 of the NRCS conservation planning process. The CPA will document client decisions regarding selected alternatives including identification of desired primary and supporting practices that the client would like to use to treat identified resource concerns.
  • Design and Implementation Activities (DIAs): Activities that allow for development of specific practice designs, management prescriptions, or other instructions that allow the client to implement the conservation practice or system of conservation practices. These activities are consistent with Step 8 of the NRCS conservation planning process. (Does not include assistance with conservation practice installation, review, and checkout.)
  • Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activities (CEMAs): Activities that include evaluation, monitoring, testing, or assessment for a specific purpose, to complete practice implementation requirements, or to determine the effectiveness of conservation practices and activities. CEMAs are consistent with Step 9 of the NRCS conservation planning process but may be used at any point in the planning process.

Fiscal Year 2022 Resources

Fiscal Year 2022 Program Guidance

Document or Resource Name

Description

NRCS eDirectives - NI 440-320 - Guidance for Implementing Conservation Planning Activity, Design and Implementation Activity, and Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activity

NRCS program policy and guidance to support implementation of CPAs, DIAs, and CEMAs through the EQIP program. 
 

Code
 

Type

Name

Description

101 DIA

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan

A site specific design and implementation activity plan developed for an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) or user of the by-products of an AFO that includes components for both structural and non-structural conservation practices that address the planned practices for land application of manure and nutrients, and the handling, transfer, storage and treatment of animal wastes.

102 CPA Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan

A site specific conservation plan developed for an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) or user of the by-products of an AFO that includes the following two components: (a) The production area including the animal confinement, feed and other raw materials storage areas, and the waste handling containment or storage areas, and (b) the land treatment area, including any land under control of the AFO owner or operator, whether it is owned, rented, or leased, and to which manure or process wastewater from the production area is, or might be, applied for crop and/or pasture production.

106 CPA

Forest Management Plan

 

 

A site specific conservation plan that contains planned forest related conservation treatment activities for one or more resource concerns.

116 CPA Soil Health Management Plan Component of a conservation plan that identifies soil health concerns related to the physical, biological and chemical properties of the soil.
120 DIA Agricultural Energy Design Plan, design, and document one or more conservation practices that address inefficient energy use.
138 CPA Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition A conservation plan that contains planned conservation treatment activities for resource concerns resulting from the transition of conventional to organic production systems.
140 DIA Transition to Organic

Conservation Plan Supporting Transition to Organic is a component plan that includes a combination of structural and management practices for an agricultural operation transitioning to become certified organic by USDA.

A site-specific component of a conservation plan. The DIA-140 is developed for a client to address one or more resource concerns on farms transitioning to certified organic production where related conservation activities and/or practices will be planned and implemented. The plan describes how to implement long-term goals through practices that direct farm development to provide for intended future uses.

144 DIA Fish and Wildlife Habitat

Plan, design and document the conservation practices needed to address a fish or wildlife habitat resource concern.

A fish and wildlife habitat Design and Implementation Activity (DIA) is a site-specific plan developed for a client who wishes to plan and implement decisions with consideration for fish and wildlife habitat.

148 DIA Pollinator Habitat

Plan, design and document the conservation practices needed to address a pollinator habitat resource concern.

A pollinator habitat enhancement plan is a site-specific plan developed for a client that addresses the improvement, protection, restoration, enhancement, or expansion of flower-rich habitat that supports native and/or managed pollinators.

157 DIA Nutrient Management

Design the rate, source, placement, and timing of plant nutrients and soil amendments while reducing environmental impacts. Implementation requirements for Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) 590 Nutrient Management along with other supporting conservation practices are developed.

Nutrient management plans are documents of record, establishing how nutrients will be managed including the Rate, Source, Placement and Timing of plan nutrients for plant production while addressing identified resource concerns including the offsite movement of nutrients. Prepare plans in collaboration with the producer and/or landowner design them to help the producer implement and maintain an effective nutrient application plan based on available sources.

158 DIA Feed Management A feed management plan is a farm-specific plan developed for a client, to document control of the quantity and quality of available nutrients, feedstuffs, and/or additives fed to livestock and poultry.
159 DIA Grazing Management

Manage the harvest of vegetation with grazing and/or browsing animals with the intent to achieve specific ecological, economic and management objectives. Plan prescribed grazing to accomplish one or more purposes described in the conservation practice following general criteria, considerations and operation and maintenance.

A Grazing Management Design and Implementation Activity (DIA) is a site-specific plan developed for a client who wishes to plan and implement decisions on land where grazing related activities or practices will be planned and applied.

160 DIA Prescribed Burning

Planned fire applied to a predetermined area to accomplish one or more of the purposes described in the conservation practice standard following general criteria, considerations and operation and maintenance.

A Prescribed Burning Design and Implementation Activity (DIA) is a site-specific plan developed for a client who wishes to plan and implement decisions on land where prescribed burning related activities or practices will be planned and applied.

161 DIA Pest Management Conservation System

Pest Management Conservation System manages pests using a combination of conservation practices and Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring, and Suppression (PAMS) techniques. It addresses beneficial organism, plant pressure, surface, and groundwater impacts.

Pest management plans are documents of record establishing how pests will be managed while addressing identified resource concerns including plant pest pressure, beneficial organisms, and the movement of pesticides. These plans are prepared in collaboration with producer and/or landowner and designed to help the producer implement and maintain an effective plan for the management of pests from available sources.

162 DIA Soil Health Management

Develop site specific recommendations and designs for soil health related practices that address the 4 principles of soil health as identified in CPA 116 or a conservation plan.

163 DIA Irrigation Water Management Design Design the volume, frequency, and application rate of irrigation water. Implementation requirements for CPS 449 Irrigation Water Management along with other supporting conservation practices are developed.
164 DIA Drainage Water Management Design

Design the drainage volume and water table elevation by regulating the flow from a surface or subsurface agricultural drainage system. Implementation requirements for CPS 554 Drainage Water Management along with other supporting conservation practices are developed.

165 DIA Forest Management

Design conservation practices found in a site specific Forest Management Plan (CPA 106) or that address the planned practices to meet conservation objectives.

A site-specific forestry activity, as a component of a forest management plan. The DIA-165 is developed for a client to address one or more resource concerns on nonindustrial private forestland where forestry-related conservation activities and/or practices will be planned and implemented. The plan describes how to implement long-term goals through practices that direct forest development to provide for intended future uses.

199 CPA Conservation Plan

 A Conservation Plan addresses a limited number of resource concerns - or even a single resource concern – and consequently does not achieve a resource management system (RMS) level of treatment.

 

201 CEMA Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring - Data Collection and Evaluation Water quality monitoring data collection and evaluation under this conservation activity standard are the actions and activities, using acceptable tools and protocols, by which a producer will measure the effectiveness of conservation practices and systems.
202 DIA Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring -System Installation This conservation activity standard addresses the system installation associated with edge-of-field water quality monitoring.
207 CEMA Site Assessment and Soil Testing for Contaminants Activity An environmental assessment of the site and soil suitability for use in the cultivation of crops in urban or suburban areas.
216 CEMA Soil Health Testing

Quantitative testing for physical, biological, or chemical characteristics of soil and constraints of soil using approved laboratory methods.

217 CEMA Soil and Source Testing for Nutrient Management A sampling strategy for nutrient management measuring nutrient levels in soil and or nutrient source.
218 CEMA Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment

Quantitative assessment of the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation scenarios for an operation with a conservation plan using COMET-Farm.

228 CEMA Agricultural Energy Assessment An assessment of the energy consuming activities and components of an agricultural operation.

 

Previous CAP Resources

FY 2020 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2019 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2018 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2017 Conservation Activity Plans |  FY 2016 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2015 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2014 Conservation Activity Plans | FY 2013 Conservation Activity Plans

 

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