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Published on January 3, 2008

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Capturing Incentives for Environmental Stewardship - Validus Can Help:  Capturing Incentives for Environmental Stewardship - Validus Can Help Dennis Pate Director of Planning August 2005 Who is Validus? :  Who is Validus? For profit, limited liability company Works with all commodity groups Uses the best of former NRCS/SCS planners Who is Validus? (cont.):  Who is Validus? (cont.) Services Offered: Conservation planning Comprehensive nutrient management planning Nutrient management planning CSP preparation Record keeping Permits New site assessments Third party environmental audits And, other producer needs Potential NRCS Financial Assistance:  Potential NRCS Financial Assistance Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) Conservation Security Program (CSP) EQIP Purpose:  EQIP Purpose A voluntary program to assist farmers and ranchers install conservation practices that provide environmental benefits. National EQIP Priorities:  National EQIP Priorities Reduction of: Pollutants Emissions Soil Erosion Promotion of at-risk species habitat recovery EQIP Rules:  EQIP Rules Payment Limitation- $450,000 (2002-07) per individual or entity No size limitation Cost-share up to 75% Ranking System If funding for waste storage facility, must have a CNMP What you Need to Know to Use EQIP:  What you Need to Know to Use EQIP Congress appropriates of funds to NRCS (Washington) NRCS (Washington) appropriates to NRCS (State) State Conservationist, with assistance of State Technical Committee, decides NRCS District Conservationist, with assistance of local work group decides EQIP Process-State/Local Level Decisions:  EQIP Process-State/Local Level Decisions Practice Lists Ranking Systems Possible Payment Caps Cost-Share Rates And, Incentive Levels If You Want EQIP Funding:  If You Want EQIP Funding Do Your “Leg Work” ---Decide what you want: -What practices? -How does this fit National Priorities? -What cost-share rate/incentive payment is needed to get the practice installed? If you want EQIP Funding :  If you want EQIP Funding Provide Input --State Technical Committee --Local Working Group Apply for the practices you want Summary:  Summary Know the Programs purpose Remember the National Priorities Determine what you want and how it fits program purpose/national priorities Identify eligible practices and ranking criteria to get what you want Meet with the State Technical Committee and/or the Local Working Group Apply Conservation Security Program (CSP):  Conservation Security Program (CSP) Purpose: To reward those who are applying and documenting the pinnacle of good land stewardship on working land. In short, “to reward the best and motivate the rest”. Offered only in designated watersheds each year Conservation Security Program (CSP):  Conservation Security Program (CSP) Producer expected to provide “proof” of eligibility (benchmark inventory) Self-assessment workbook Treatment Practices Records Applied Conservation Practices Tillage System Fertilizer/Nutrient and Pesticide Applications Irrigation Management Grazing Management Conservation Security Program (CSP):  Conservation Security Program (CSP) General Eligibility: Must have eligible working land (generally crop or pasture land) Must share in the risk of producing crops/livestock Must be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland requirements (HEL/wetland) Must have control of land for length of contract Majority of the agricultural operation in the eligible watershed Must have completed a benchmark condition inventory Payments for 5 to 10 Year Contracts:  Payments for 5 to 10 Year Contracts Up to 4 Parts: Stewardship Existing Practices (Maintenance) New Practices (One-Time) Enhancement Payments The more conservation, the more $$ 2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa:  2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa Resource Practice Annual Payment/Unit Soil Soil Conditioning Index (SCI) of .1 $1.16/acre Soil SCI of .1.7 $19.72/acre Nutrients No fall anhydrous applied $2.00/acre Nutrients Split N application in spring, late spring N test $4.00/acre Pest control Cultural pest mgt. (branding, Bt corn) $5.00/acre New cons. Practice Filter Strip $200/acre (50%) New cons. Practice Grass Waterway $1970/acre (50%) New cons. Practice Wetland Enhancement $1500/acre (65%) New cons. Practice Windbreak $4/foot (65%) 2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa (cont.):  2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa (cont.) Resource Practice Annual Payment/Unit Energy Soil Tillage Intensity Rating (STIR) 31-60 $.50/acre Energy Soil Tillage Intensity $.90/acre Rating (STIR) less than 15 Energy Recycle motor oil $200/year Energy Use Biodiesel or Ethanol $25/100 gal./year Energy Energy Audit $500 each Energy Use manure for 90% of $1.10/acre plant needs 2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa (cont.):  2005 CSP Enhancement Payments in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa (cont.) Resource Practice Annual Payment/Unit Wildlife habitat Filter or buffer strips protecting water body $20/acre Wildlife habitat No-till planting $2.00/acre Wildlife habitat Habitat transition zone planting $20.00/eacre Wildlife habitat Interseed, manage native grasses $20.00/acre Wildlife habitat Basking areas (up to 4) for reptiles & amphibians $10.00/each Wildlife habitat No cropping of wetlands, farmed wetlands $200/acre Wildlife habitat Mix 4 species of native plants, including a forb $60/acre Conservation Security Program (CSP) - Cropland:  Conservation Security Program (CSP) - Cropland Minimum eligibility requirements: Cropped 4 of 6 years prior to 5/13/2002 SOIL QUALITY: Benchmark inventory shows applying and maintaining practices to provide a Soil Conditioning Index (SCI) of “0” or higher: Based in large part on the amount and type of tillage operations Enhancement payment for every 0.1 above “0” 2 years or more of records to document implementation and maintenance Conservation Security Program (CSP):  Conservation Security Program (CSP) Minimum eligibility requirements specific to cropland: (cont.) WATER QUALITY: current treatment that addresses risks from nutrients, pests, sediment (erosion treated), and salinity by meeting or exceeding NRCS Tech Guide Requirements: Records (2 years or more) to document implementation and maintenance Conservation Security Program (CSP):  Conservation Security Program (CSP) Minimum Eligibility Requirements Specific to Grazing Land: Vegetation and animal management by following grazing management principles; Forage/animal balance, proper livestock distribution, timing of use, erosion treated, nutrient/pest management 2 years of records to document implementation and maintenance Managed access by livestock to surface waters Tier Levels:  Tier Levels Tier Resource Concerns Amount of Land Contract Annual Length Payment Cap 1 * Soil Quality Part of Operation 5 years $20,000 * Water Quality 2 * Soil Quality Total Operation 5 – 10 yrs. $35,000 * Water Quality * Local during Contract 3 * Soil Quality * Water Quality * Irrigation * Wildlife * All others that Apply to the Site * Have Riparian Zones Treated Total Operation 5 – 10 yrs. $45,000 Watershed Eligibility:  Watershed Eligibility Is it Worthwhile?:  Is it Worthwhile? 2004 Average Payments Watershed State Contracts Acres Ave. 2004 payment, by Tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Auglaize OH, IN 189 103,573 $8,877 $15,442 $15,060 Blue Earth MN, IA 281 152,565 $9,946 $22,112 $19,640 East Nishnabotna IA 147 33,669 $5,742 $9,753 $10,399 Kishwaukee IL 191 130,314 $6,838 $28,496 $20,430 Little River MO, AR 189 146,358 $9,355 $24,567 $25,962 Lower Chippewa-WI 209 67,636 $4,066 $8,223 $16,595 Lower Little Blue-NE, KS 144 69,039 $5,448 $11,549 $18,016 St. Joseph IN 218 111,123 $7,521 $17,360 $24,064 In reality, may be better off if not yet in a watershed:  In reality, may be better off if not yet in a watershed TIME TO GET READY! Validus Suggestions to be Ready:  Validus Suggestions to be Ready Get a conservation plan or CNMP Implement your conservation plan or CNMP Keep good records When you do this, at least some part of your operation will likely be eligible What’s in a Conservation Plan?:  What’s in a Conservation Plan? Control erosion to “T”* Nutrient Management* Pest Management* Grazing System* Wildlife Habitat * Required for every CSP contract where applicable What is a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan? :  What is a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan? A subset of a conservation plan that deals with the animal feeding operation Identifies needed conservation practices and management activities on all land where manure is to be applied How to Get Ready Now for CSP? :  How to Get Ready Now for CSP? A conservation plan or comprehensive nutrient management plan will help your manual for practicing good conservation as part of a business responsibility: Get organized-- CSP asks for 2 years’ detailed records by field (tillage, nutrient and pest management applications, prescribed grazing system) Get credit ($$$) for current management & conservation practices; Step up management for higher payments Get into CSP without a conservation plan or a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan? :  Get into CSP without a conservation plan or a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan? Possible, but less likely. In addition, Environmental actions cause reactions. The plan looks at relationships to coordinate total resource care. Why implement a conservation plan? …or a comprehensive nutrient management plan? :  Why implement a conservation plan? …or a comprehensive nutrient management plan? Meet EPA storm water discharge standards (if you feed livestock). Get ready for CSP (the Conservation Security Program). Review your operation for efficiencies (Look at costs, reductions). Be a good neighbor and steward Planning Documents for Regulations/USDA Program Eligibility :  Planning Documents for Regulations/USDA Program Eligibility State NMP CNMP Cons. Plan State Regs. 4 4 4 EPA CAFO ? 4 4 EQIP waste facility 4 4 CSP eligibility 4 4 CSP higher tier 4 Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better:  Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better Soil Quality Tillage: Type, when, % residue after planting Erosion Control: when applied; when /what maintenance Grazing: Practices to keep livestock out of water Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better (cont.):  Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better (cont.) Water Quality Current Soil Tests-Results when taken; manure tests; crops; yields/yield goals Nutrients: Rates applied, date, method, tissue tests, equipment calibration, etc. Pesticides: Pest targeted; brand/name, EPA negotiations no.; crop, rate applied, date, method, weather conditions, applicator no., buffers applied, setback distances, etc. Rational Grazing: # Pastures, plant & species when rotated-dates, # head/livestock, supplemented feed, etc. Irrigation: Crop, timing, method, amounts applied, etc. Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better (cont.):  Once Implemented Keep Records 2 year minimum, 5 better (cont.) Rational Grazing: # Pastures, plant & species when rotated-dates, # head/livestock, supplemented feed, etc. Irrigation: Crop, timing, method, amounts applied, etc. Validus Suggestions:  Validus Suggestions Get a conservation plan or CNMP Apply your conservation plan or CNMP Keep good records When you do this, at least some part of your operation will likely be eligible Validus Can Provide Technical Help:  Validus Can Provide Technical Help Experience to assist producers from over 170 Validus planners that represent over 4000 years of experience Assist in Developing: Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) Conservation Plans Documenting benchmark conditions Implementing Record Keeping System Financial Help for Planning:  Financial Help for Planning Conservation Plan Little or None CNMP Some TSP assistance from USDA Iowa, 3% state loan Is Planning Financial Help Needed?:  Is Planning Financial Help Needed? If… The plan, when implemented, with good record keeping basically: assures CSP participation for 5 to 10 years Provides CAFO storm water exemption information Questions - Discussion:  Questions - Discussion Contact:  Contact Denise Pate, Director of Planning Validus 515-278-8002 pated@validusservices.com

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