Initiative is a conservation opportunity

Initiative is a conservation opportunity

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:25 pm

Large-scale animal feeding operations across Tennessee should find out if they are eligible for a USDA conservation initiative that results in healthier animals and cleaner land and water. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making funds available for a new Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) initiative in Tennessee. CNMPs are a set of conservation practices and management activities that address natural resource concerns and their potential impacts on the environment. Tennessee’s State Conser-vationist Kevin Brown says this is an excellent opportunity for owners of large-scale feeding operations in the state. “With a CNMP, feeding operations can be assured that manure and organic byproducts won’t have a negative impact on local water quality. When you have cleaner water, you get healthier animals.” NRCS is making funds available for CNMPs to be developed by private-sector Technical Service Providers (TSPs). Listings of Technical Service Providers who are certified to develop a CNMP in a specific state and county can be found on the TechReg Web site at http://techreg.usda.gov. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis starting today. Funding selections will be made on a regular basis from now until funds are expended. Unsuccessful applications will be retained for future funding consideration if the applicant chooses to remain on the waiting list. The period between signup and implementation is just nine months from the date the new CNMP contract is signed. After contract approval, the participant will be responsible for working with the TSP to get the new plan written. When the CNMP is completed and accepted by NRCS, the incentive payment will be made to the contract participant. The participant is then responsible for paying the TSP. To find out more, contact the local District Conservationist at the nearest USDA Service Center, or go the NRCS in Tennessee Web site at http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov. Published in The Messenger 7.15.08

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