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Conservation Planning Assistance to Agricultural Operations in the Lake Champlain Basin


Location
Vermont
Publication Date
06/05/2019 06:34 AM EDT
Closing Date
07/01/2019 04:00 PM EDT
Issuing Organization
State of Vermont - Department of Environmental Conservation
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Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: A. Provide conservation and nutrient management planning assistance to farms that have or are in the process of committing to land conservation easements on all or some acreage of their farms. The Federal Agricultural Act of 2014 (known as the Farm Bill) requires that all farms conserved after that date with funding from USDA must develop and implement a conservation plan that meets USDA/NRCS requirements. Although the anticipated 2019 Farm Bill removes this requirement, the Lake Champlain RCPP project will continue to meet this standard of plan development. The plan identifies resources concerns and opportunities for water quality improvement that also may eligible for funding under RCPP. B. Conduct resource inventories that include but are not limited to baseline data on manure and other waste generated, identify all lands in operation, identify all land units with manure impacts, identify wetland and forestry conservation needs; develop acceptable conservation systems using the current soil erosion prediction model – Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) – for all tracts, identify all sensitive features, identify all land treatment practices and alternatives and conduct farmstead preliminary assessment. C. Work as a case manager with the producer, assisting in accessing financial resources to implement BMPs through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program/Wetlands Reserve Program (ACEP-ALE, ACEP-WRP), and other funding as available, providing planning and implementation assistance, and providing compliance checks. Additional tasks will include surveying, laying out sites for practices, and providing monitoring and assessment follow-up, using appropriate tools, including but not limited to the Agricultural Policy/Environmental eXtender (APEX) model, water monitoring and other assessment protocol.

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