Announcement of EQIP Manure Transfer Resource Concerns Fund Availability

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of funds for a statewide Manure Transfer Resource Concerns incentives opportunity in EQIP.  The statewide Manure Transfer Resource Concerns, is a continuation of a special project for Oklahoma from last fiscal year designated by Darrel Dominick, Oklahoma NRCS State Conservationist, and is again being funded by 2005 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds at the state level.  The project has two primary objectives.  The first objective is to create an incentive to distribute animal manure to areas of the state that have historically not used animal manure as a source of plant nutrients.  This has the potential to reduce animal manure application in areas where it has traditionally been applied at levels in excess of plant production needs.  The second objective is the promotion of a long-term market for animal manure as a source of plant nutrients around the state to promote better distribution of these nutrients. 

This project is intended to fund only incentive payments for up to three years for the hauling and proper application of animal manure under an EQIP contract.  The three years do not have to be consecutive.  High priority animal manure source areas will be those areas identified as Nutrient Limited Waters (NLW) and Oklahoma's Scenic River watersheds. The incentives will provide for the transfer and proper application of animal manure from these highly sensitive watersheds to areas that traditionally have not utilized animal manure as a fertilizer. Only individuals that have not purchased or applied animal manure on land they own or otherwise managed in the past 3 years are eligible to participate in these incentives.

Applications will be taken on a continuous sign-up basis and high priority applications, based on specific statewide ranking criteria, will be selected for funding from a statewide pool.  Local NRCS field offices will begin accepting applications immediately.  Only applications received by January 15, 2005, will be ranked and considered during this initial application ranking and selection period. Applications after that date will continue to be evaluated and maintained for possible future funding. Successful applicants will be notified after April 1, 2005, for eventual contract development until the available funds are obligated. All successful applicants will be required to develop, implement, and maintain a nutrient management plan (NMP) during their individual EQIP contract period. For details about the program, contact your local NRCS or Conservation District office.


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