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August 19, 2010   Email to Friend 

NRCS ACCEPTING NUTRIENT, ENERGY PLAN APPLICATIONS
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
August 19, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications until Oct. 1 for development of nutrient and energy plans that could prove to be a big benefit to livestock operators.

"This NRCS assistance will be of great help to owner/operators of permitted Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) that need waste management system plans developed, existing plans reviewed to ensure compliance, and/or need their waste management plans modified or updated to match current operations," said Assistant State Conservationist Steve Musser of the Alabama NRCS office in Auburn.

Applications for development of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program's (EQIP) Conservation Activity Plan category are now being accepted. Applications are also being taken for Energy Activity Plans that will assist producers who have energy audits completed on their confined animal feeding operation.

To apply, producers should visit their local NRCS office to apply prior to Oct. 1.

If approved, the producer must hire a Technical Service Provider to develop the plan(s) in accordance to NRCS requirements (available online at http://techreg.usda.gov/). The plan is then presented to NRCS and once approved, payment for development of the plan will be paid to the producer who will then pay the Technical Service Provider.

All CAFOs are required by law to have a current waste management system plan which is made available for public review and comment.

For more information, contact Musser at (334) 887-4503 or steve.musser@al.usda.gov.


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