Environmental Quality Incentive Program Delivery in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties, Maine - FY 2005 by FoodInspect


									                        Environmental Quality Incentive Program Delivery
                               Kennebec County, Maine - FY 2008

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial assistance to agricultural
producers to implement on-farm conservation practices. Eligibility is determined by the Natural
Resources Conservation Service. Eligible producers may apply for financial assistance on conservation
practices that will address identified resource concerns on eligible land.

Interested agricultural producers may apply in person at the Kennebec USDA Service Center.
Applicants may also request EQIP assistance by telephone, FAX, e-mail, or letter. Send to: Central
Maine Commerce Center, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 1, Augusta, ME 04330; phone number (207) 622-
7847 ext. 3, FAX: (207) 626-8196.:

Objective: The objective of the Kennebec Local Work Group is to utilize EQIP to promote the use of
conservation for improving livestock waste utilization, reducing erosion and improving water quality.

Priority Resource Concerns: In Kennebec County, the Local Work Group (LWG) has identified and
prioritized the following resource concerns. Practices which address these resource concerns will be
eligible for financial assistance in fiscal year 2008 (See County Eligible Practice List):

     1. Animal Waste Management is a primary resource concern in Kennebec County. Livestock
     related waste has the potential to not only impact surface and groundwater resources but also
     has the potential to impact human as well as animal health. The EQIP program will be utilized
     to not only address manure related concerns but also related agricultural waste issues such as
     milkroom waste, bunker silage leachate, nutrient runoff from barnyards etc. EQIP will be used
     to assist Kennebec county producers toward coming into compliance with the State of Maine
     Nutrient Management Rules and to work with producers toward the development of
     Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.

     2. Erosion and Sediment Control is also a primary resource concern that relates to nutrient
     and sediment loading into waterbodies.

     3. Surface Water Quality Runoff from sediment movement and barnyard wastes are major

     4. Wildlife Habitat and degradation of habitat for threatened and endangered species are also
     resource concerns. These resource issues may be addressed through other Farm Bill programs
     such as WHIP – Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, WRP- Wetlands Reserve Program and
     the CRP - Conservation Reserve Program.

Eligible Practices and Payment Rates: For a list of practices eligible for EQIP financial assistance in
fiscal year 2008, see County Eligible Practice Eligible Practices and Payment Rate List.

Sign-up: All program sign-up is continuous and applications may be taken at any time. Sign-up will be
conducted according to local priorities and grouped along the lines of the resource areas that the State
Technical Committee defined and that the LWG have recommended be funded in 2008 (animal waste).
A conservation plan is needed prior to financial assistance contracting consideration. Before any
conservation plan enters the application and ranking phase, all necessary permits must be obtained and
cultural and wildlife habitat/endangered species resource reviews must be completed.

Kennebec EQIP Delivery Narrative: Rev. 10/18/2007
Applications involving work in forest land will need to have a current Forest Stewardship Plan that
reflects the landowner’s goals and objectives. Applications involving animal waste management such
as waste storage facilities, milking center waste water treatment system, and heavy use area protection
require the development of a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) prior to funding.
There may be opportunities for financial assistance to obtain these specific types of plans. Landowners
should contact the office to request assistance and information.

Ranking: The combined ranking sheet for Kennebec County, which incorporates resource concerns
and applicable quality criteria from the FOTG, is the basis for ranking applications. A single combined
ranking sheet will be completed for each farm or planning/contract area. Points will be assigned only for
those resource concerns that are not meeting quality criteria in the benchmark condition and will meet
quality criteria as a result of implementation of the client’s contract.

Applications will be selected for contracting in ranked order by resource area according to the score as
available funds allow. If insufficient funds are available to fund all eligible applications, applications
may be held (deferred) and re-ranked with any subsequently received applications during FY 2008 if
another application ranking period is announced.

Funding: Periodic requests for program allocations will be scheduled throughout the year as funding
permits Separate program requests will be submitted according to the resource areas that the State
Technical Committee defined and that the LWG has recommended be funded in 2008; cropland (incl.
hayland), pasture, animal waste, and forestry. Each of these requests will constitute a separate pool of
ranked applications. Kennebec County will submit applications that have conservation plans completed,
any necessary permits awarded, and cultural resource concerns and wildlife habitat/endangered species
reviews addressed.

Allocation decisions to each Field Office will be made in the State Office based on national, state and
local priorities and the nature and extent of requests. Field Office Allocations will be split between each
of the resource categories based on percentages set by the LWG, as shown below. Unfunded
applications will be deferred to the next program request date.

Fund Pools: The Kennebec County Local Work Group has decided to allocate the available EQIP funds
as follows for FY 2008:

                Resource Category                   % of Local Allocated Funding

                Animal Waste                        100%

If you have any questions about how EQIP will be delivered in Kennebec County, please contact Ron
Derosiers, DC at (207) 622-7847 ext. 3.

Kennebec EQIP Delivery Narrative: Rev. 10/18/2007

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