Resolution Approved at Annual Meeting

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The following Resolution was approved unanimously at the NYACD 2016 Annual Meeting of Membership on October 19th, 2016 by the twenty voting delegates present. The New York Association of Conservation Districts Resolution Committee will forward this Resolution on to the National Association of Conservation Districts for review and approval. NYACD will update Membership about the


RESOLUTION: submitted by Cortland County SWCD

NYACD WORK WITH DISTRICT PARTNERS TO CHANGE THE NRCS EQIP REQUIREMENT FOR AFOs TO FULLY IMPLEMENT PRACTICES LISTED IN CNMPs

WHEREAS, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to producers in New York State through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and

WHEREAS, NRCS EQIP policy requires Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) applying for a waste storage or waste treatment facilities to develop and implement all Best Management Practices (BMPs) identified in a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) within the EQIP contract period and

WHEREAS, requiring complete implementation of CNMPs for EQIP applicants puts an unnecessary time constraint and financial burden on producers that may not be able to afford to fully implement their CNMP within the EQIP contract period and

WHEREAS, agriculture projects not implemented because producers cannot afford to implement all BMPs identified in their CNMP are likely to result in potential continued degradation of water quality, the loss of soil resources and program participation now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NYACD work with the New York State Conservation Committee, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the National Association of Conservation Districts, Farm Bureau and Natural Resources Conservation Service Representatives to change the policy to allow AFO producers to receive technical and financial assistance through the NRCS EQIP framework in order to implement BMPs, identified in a CNMP, in a progressive manner and not require full implementation of all BMPs within the EQIP contracting period.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NY partnership complete an exhaustive review of the national EQIP policy and definitions to determine whether or not a more favorable policy can be implemented.


 

 

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