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Animal Feeding Operation Air and Water Quality

County or Counties: Statewide

Resource Concerns Addressed:

  • Air Quality emissions – Objectionable odor
  • Field sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss – Nutrients, pathogens and chemicals from manure, biosolids or compost applications transported to surface or groundwater
  • Storage and handling of pollutants – Nutrients transported to surface or groundwater

Project Description

This funding is available to animal feeding operation (AFO) producers statewide to address water quality and air quality resource concerns, by developing a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) to manage manure and organic byproducts, and to implement conservation practices identified in that plan.

The objective of a CNMP is to provide AFO owners and operators with a plan to manage manure and organic byproducts by combining conservation practices and management activities into a conservation system that, when implemented, will control soil erosion and protect water and air quality. 

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Composting Facility
  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP)
  • Cover Crop
  • Field Border
  • Filter Strip
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Nutrient Management
  • Nutrient Management Plan - Written
  • Pumping Plant
  • Sprinkler System
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
  • Roofs and Covers
  • Roof Runoff Structure
  • Underground Outlet
  • Vegetated Treatment Area
  • Waster Transfer
  • Waste Storage Facility
  • Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

Local EQIP Ranking Questions

NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Screening Criteria

  1. EQIP plan of operations is for a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) developed by a Technical Service Provider (TSP) on an Animal Feeding Operation that has never had a CNMP written by a TSP or has not had a CNMP written by a TSP in the last five years.

  2. EQIP plan of operations is for practices that address air quality or water quality concerns on an animal feeding operation.

Ranking Questions for FY20 (PDF)