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New Program Helps Livestock Producers with Environmental Plans
USAgNet - 10/15/2008

Federal dollars are available for assistance to livestock producers in the western half of the country with confidential environmental assessments and comprehensive nutrient management planning. The funds have been made available through a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Environmental Resources Coalition, an agriculture-affiliated not-for profit organization.

The project will use federal grant dollars to help livestock operators west of the Mississippi River prepare nutrient management plans and environmental assessments. ERC's technical contractor, SES, Inc., has begun registering Natural Resource Conservation Service certified technical assistance providers (TSPs) in each state.

Registered TSPs will work directly with livestock producers to provide the confidential assistance requested. The focus of the project will be in watersheds on the 303d list of impaired waters or those that already have approved total maximum daily load (TMDL) plans in place. EPA requires that each state identify waters that are not meeting water quality standards or are not supporting their beneficial uses.

This list helps state and federal agencies keep track of waters that are impaired as well as the pollutants that are affecting them.

The project is expected to last approximately three more years, unless funds are depleted earlier.

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