CNMP funds ready for you
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[June 20, 2007]
CHAMPAIGN -- Producers in
DeWitt County who are ready to develop a Comprehensive Nutrient
Management Plan, or CNMP, can now apply for cost-share funds -- from
$5,000 to $8,000 -- depending on the size of their livestock
Cost-share funds are available from USDA's
Natural Resources Conservation Service as an additional
incentive project of the Environmental Quality Incentives
"The structure for this incentives option is different from
previous ones," says Darren Moser, NRCS district conservationist
for DeWitt County. "With the previous incentive, there was a
waiting list to get assistance and some uncertainty about when
that would happen. Now there's no waiting. You apply; NRCS ranks
the applications and develops a contract with you. Your
responsibility after that is to contact and hire a certified
technical service provider who can develop your plan."
The NRCS flat-rate payments for developing CNMPs are
determined by operation size.
|Current animal units
|Greater than 750
If expansion is planned for the operation in the next 12
months, the proposed number of animal units, up to 150 percent
of current numbers, should be used to determine the rate.
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Applications for this CNMP must be made with your Natural
Resources Conservation Service office by June 21 and contracts
finalized by June 29. "Once you've signed this contract, you must
secure a TSP and begin working on the plan within 12 months," adds
Moser, "so don't delay."
"Developing a quality CNMP can be a lengthy and complex process,
but it's well worth it," says Bill Gradle, Illinois state
conservationist. "This cost-share will help thousands of Illinois
livestock producers be better positioned to be good stewards of the
To get an application, contact the DeWitt County NRCS staff at
the USDA Service Center in Clinton.
[Text from Natural
Resources Conservation Service news release received from Darren