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  1. NRCS Conservation Programsin Nebraska Brad Soncksen Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Lincoln, NE brad.soncksen@ne.usda.gov www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

  2. Conservation Programs • FY2013 Program Review • FY2014 Program Discussion • FY14 Fund Pools • Sub Committee Recommendations • Practice Payment Schedule

  3. Conservation Programs • Stewardship • Easement • Land Treatment

  4. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMSConservation Security ProgramConservation Stewardship Program 4 4

  5. Conservation Security ProgramCSP from 2004 - 2008 5 5

  6. Conservation Security Program • 4 signups in 24 NE counties • Total Contracts = 2021 • Current Active contracts = 765 • 5 – 10 year contracts • Acres in Active Contracts = 552,877 • FY13 Payments = $5,154,927

  7. Conservation Stewardship Program 7 7

  8. Created by 2008 Farm Bill Replaced the Conservation Security Program of Prior Years Authorizes 12,796,000 Acres/Year Enrollment Through 2017 Managed to achieve a National average rate of $18/acre 8

  9. Conservation Stewardship Program • Total Contracts = 2083 • Total Acres = 3,991,787 • FY2013 Payments = $42,488,296 • Projected new 2013 contracts = 425 • Projected new 2013 Acres = 900,000

  10. Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

  11. WRP FY2013 18 apps received >60 pts. 3,105 acres 3,027 acre enrollment cap $7.7 million initial allocation 15

  12. WRP FY2013 16 Funded 2,808 acres 161 RWB WREP $ 4.6 million 16

  13. Grasslands Reserve Program

  14. Farm and Ranch LandsProtection Program 19

  15. FRPP Fiscal Year 2013 • Current list of entities utilizing FRPP: • Nebraska Land Trust • The Nature Conservancy • The Sandhills Task Force • Northern Prairies Land Trust • FY2013 Allocation = $900,000 • FY2013 Enrollment = (2) 3977 acres

  16. FY2014 Subcommittee Recommendations - Easements • Handout • Meeting Minutes • Ranking Worksheets: WRP, GRP, FRPP

  17. Wildlife Habitat IncentivesProgram (WHIP)

  18. WHIP Fiscal Year 2013 • Working Lands For Wildlife • No Nebraska species approved in 2013 • FY13 Proposal: • Bob White Quail: Harlan, Howard, Furnas • Greater Prairie Chicken: Knox, Antelope, Wheeler, Holt, Pawnee, Johnson, Nemaha • Black Footed Ferret

  19. EQIP Fund Allocation in 2013 General $29,924,018 24

  20. . EQIP Fund Obligations in 2013 State SI (contracts) (obligation) Frenchman 3 $ 87,210 Tribal 2 $ 84,163

  21. . EQIP Fund Obligations in 2013 National Initiatives (contracts and obligation) NWQI 23 $ 242,344 4 watersheds: Conestoga Lake, Cottonwood, Cub Creek, Big Indian Organic 9 $ 179,029 Energy 0 $ 0 High Tunnel 22 $ 120,130 Ogallala SI 80 $ 4,448,174 CAP-CNMP 21 $ 182,955

  22. AWEP - CCPI Fund Allocations in 2013 Partnership AWEP$ 3.7 million CCPI $ 72,000 27

  23. AWEP Practices - 2013 10 SDI systems on 640 acres 27 Sprinkler Conversions on 2114 acres 69 IWM contracts on 37,445 acres 9 Nutrient Mgmt. contracts on 6,512 acres

  24. AWEP Partnership Agreements FY2012 & FY2013 No RFP FY2011 – Expire 2015 Upper Republican NRD FY2010 – Expire 2014 Lower Republican NRD Ogallala – Platte River Recovery Upper Big Blue NRD

  25. AWEP Partnership Agreements FY2009 Middle Republican NRD – Expire 2013 Central NE Public Power and Irrigation District – Expire 2013 Little Blue NRD (Expired) Lower Big Blue NRD (Expired) Lower Platte North NRD – Expire 2013

  26. Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative 32

  27. 2013 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative - Nebraska 2 Projects in FY2013 Shelterbelt - $72,000 – 40 Apps August 14 app cutoff September 13 contract approval Riparian Forest Buffer - $0 33 33

  28. EQIP 2013 Practices • Waste Storage Facilities • Grazing Management • Ponds • Pipelines • Fence

  29. EQIP 2013 Practices Brush Management Prescribed Burn

  30. EQIP 2013 Practices • SDI Systems • Sprinkler Systems • IWM

  31. EQIP 2013 Practices • Terraces • Diversions • Grade Stabs • Waterways • Underground Outlet • No till • Windbreak/Shelterbelt

  32. EQIP 2013 Practices • Seasonal High Tunnels • Nutrient Mgmt • Pest Mgmt • Cover Crops • Organic

  33. EQIP 2013 Practices 19 Waste Storage Facilities 9 Ponds 1.3 million ft of Fence 571 Tanks 87 Micro irrigation contracts on 5,153 Acres 49 Sprinkler Conversions on 16,597 Acres 164 IWM contracts - 113,715 Acres 52 Nutrient Mgmt. contracts – 38,808 Acres

  34. EQIP 2013 Practices 2.2 million ft of pipelines – 254 contracts 1.6 million ft. of terraces - 146 contracts 13,054 acres of Brush mg.t – 127 contracts 6 Grade Stabilization structures 644,253 ft. windbrk/shelterblt–121 contracts 22 High Tunnels

  35. FY2013 Program Obligations • EQIP = $29.9 million • AWEP = $ 3.7 million • WHIP = $ 0 • WRP/WREP = $4.6 million • FRPP = $ 900,000 • CSP = $5.1 million • CStP = $8.6 million • Total = $ 52.8 million

  36. FY2014 EQIP Signup • FY2014Application Cutoff (Tentative) • First: October 18, 2013 • Second: January 2014

  37. EQIP Fund Pools FY2014 • Special Initiatives – State & National • Ogallala Aquifer Initiative • Organic Initiative • High Tunnel • Energy • National Water Quality Initiative • Tribal • Working Lands for Wildlife (?NE)

  38. EQIP Fund Pools FY2014 • 9 Priority Resource Concerns • 4 Local • 5 Statewide

  39. SOIL EROSION:Sheet and Rill, Ephemeral, Wind - Local • 329 – Residue Management, No-Till • 340 – Cover Crop (erosion control) • 410 –Grade Stabilization Structure • 412 – Grassed Waterway • 362 – Diversion • 600 – Terrace • 620 – Underground Outlet • 638 – Water and Sediment Control Basin

  40. EXCESS/INSUFFICIENT WATER: Irrigation - Local • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation • 430 – Irrigation Water Conveyance • 441 – Micro Irrigation • 442 – Irrigation Systems – Sprinkler • 443 – Irrigation system – Surface & Sub • 449 – Irrigation Water Management • 533 – Pumping Plant – Irrigation related

  41. DEGRADED PLANT CONDITION: Plant Productivity, Invasive - Local • 314 – Brush Management • 338 – Prescribed Burning • 382 – Fence • 472 – Access Control

  42. LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIMITATION: Inadequate Forage, Water, shelter - Local • 378 – Pond • 380 – Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment • 512 – Forage and Biomass Planting • 516 – Pipeline • 528 – Prescribed Grazing • 533 – Pumping Plant – Livestock related • 550 – Range Planting • 614 – Water Facility • 642 – Water Well • 650 – Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation

  43. WATER QUALITY DEGRADATION: Excess Nutrients, Pathogens/Chemicals, Sediment – State (slide 1 of 2) • 313 – Waste Storage Facility • 316 – Animal Mortality Facility • 350 – Sediment Basin • 351 – Well Decommissioning • 359 – Waste Treatment Lagoon • 360 – Closure of Waste Impoundment • 386 – Field Border • 393 – Filter Strip • 521 – Pond Sealing or Lining

  44. WATER QUALITY DEGRADATION: Excess Nutrients, Pathogens/Chemicals, Sediment – State (slide 2 of 2) • 578 – Stream Crossing • 590 – Nutrient Management • 595 – Integrated Pest Management • 632 – Solid – Liquid Waste Separation • 633 – Waste Utilization • 634 – Waste Transfer • 635 – Vegetated Treatment Area