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1 Name Title Location, Kansas Helping People Help the Land Attachment 3 to Bulletin KS dated 6/11/2013

2 The state conservationist (STC) is seeking local work group (LWG) recommendations for Farm Bill Programs: Resource concerns to be addressed Eligible practices to be offered Payment rates (e.g., 50 percent or 75 percent cost share) Ranking criteria to be considered The STC is accepting comments to be forwarded to national headquarters (NHQ) for National and Landscape Initiatives.

3 Cutoff Dates Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) General ― dates to be announced. (The goal is to stay consistent with the mid – November cutoff date from the previous years.) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) dates to be announced. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) dates not yet known. EQIP and WHIP Initiative dates to be announced.

4 EQIP Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Kansas has 3 approved/active AWEP Proposals. CSP WHIP This program may be combined with EQIP in the new Farm Bill.

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6 EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. 60 percent of funds must be obligated to address livestock – related issues. Kansas currently has 11 different ranking categories under general EQIP that offer financial assistance to address various resource concerns. Conservation plans received prior to August 31 receive additional ranking points.

7 2,432 applications received (includes all EQIP General ranking categories) 542 contracts approved Approximately $10.9 million obligated 102,418 total contracted acres

8 Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) contracts are available for the development of the following: Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Drainage Water Management Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Plan Forest Management Plan Integrated Pest Management Plan Irrigation Water Management Plan Nutrient Management Plan Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Management Plan Transition from Irrigation to Dryland Plan

9 Forestland Health Grazing Lands Health Livestock Waste Sedimentation Above Federal Reservoirs Stream System Restoration (eligible watershed is in Lyon County) Tribal Soil Health Water Quantity/Quick Response Areas (QRA) Water Quality Water Quantity Wildlife Habitat

10 The STC requests input for the following: Eligible Practices Resource Concerns Primary Resource Concerns Secondary Resource Concerns Payment Rates Ranking Criteria

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12 AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality.

13 AWEP operates through partnership agreements with state and local government organizations. Each partner determines in their proposal: Eligible Practices Resource Concerns Payment Rates Ranking Criteria Eligible Project Area

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15 48 applications received includes: Cancelled Ineligible Pending applications 25 contracts approved $2,689,143 total obligations Over 3,442 total contracted acres

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17 The purpose of this program is for producers to address resource concerns by: Completing new conservation practices Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities Annual enhancement payments are offered and vary according to the signup.

18 CSP is a nationally managed program which means suggestions are accepted, but the following are predetermined by the agency when the program is announced: Eligible Enhancements Resource Concerns Payment Rates Ranking Criteria

19 The FY2013 cutoff date has not been announced; therefore no accomplishments to report thus far.

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21 The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offered nine different initiatives that Kansas took part in to address specific resource concerns in FY2013.

22 On-Farm Energy Initiative—EQIP Organic Initiative—EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative—EQIP Water Quality Initiative—EQIP Edge–of–Field Monitoring Initiative — EQIP

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24 Designed to specifically address energy conservation and assist producers in two ways: 1.Identify ways to conserve energy on farms through an Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) CAP, also known as an on-farm energy audit. 2.Provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practices (CPs) offered through this initiative, such as CP 374, Farmstead Energy Improvement.

25 40 total applications received 10 contracts approved in cutoff #1 All eligible applications approved All contracts for AgEMP CAPs $23,116 total obligations in cutoff #1 Approximately 39,718 total contracted acres Cutoff #2 contracts have not been obligated 17 applications in cutoff #2

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27 Assist eligible producers with installation of conservation practices to treat resource concerns on agricultural operations related to organic production. Includes: Certified organic producers Producers transitioning to organic Exempt organic producers (less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural production)

28 Six total applications received Zero contracts approved in cutoff #1 No eligible applications 5 cancelled applications Cutoff #2 contracts have not been obligated 1 application in cutoff #2

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30 Assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. Potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.

31 75 total applications received 42 contracts approved in cutoff #1 All eligible applications approved $262,717 total obligations in cutoff #1 Approximately 243 total contracted acres Cutoff #2 contracts have not been obligated 20 applications in cutoff #2

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33 Assist producers with addressing high-priority water resource concerns in small watersheds. NWQI will accelerate efforts to improve water quality in hydrologic unit code (HUC) 12-digit watersheds with targeted waters emphasizing treatment of nutrient, sediment, and pathogen concerns. The following three HUC-12 watersheds were selected in Kansas: Big Creek — Ellis County Emma Creek — Harvey and McPherson Counties Grasshopper Creek — Atchison, Brown, Jefferson Counties

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35 Cutoff #1 42 applications Over $1.3 million requested Cutoff #2 Additional applications received

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37 Three primary purposes: 1.Evaluate conservation system performance 2.Validate and calibrate models 3.Inform on-farm adaptive management New Conservation Activities: 201, Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring — Data Collection and Evaluation 202, Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring — System Installation Headwaters Grasshopper Creek, Brown County National Water Quality Initiative HUC-12

38 Drought Recovery Initiative — EQIP Water Quantity and Drought Pilot — EQIP Ogallala Aquifer Initiative—EQIP Working Lands for Wildlife — Lesser Prairie-Chicken—WHIP

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40 Eight states nationwide including Kansas. Support efforts that will mitigate short-term or long-term drought relief for producers. The NRCS in Kansas will emphasize assistance to producers with grazing lands health and livestock water concerns.

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42 Secretary of Agriculture announced a new NRCS pilot effort in Colorado and Kansas that will address water quantity resource concerns using the conservation planning process. Identify least–cost conservation alternatives to address water quantity needs, identify existing practices to address these needs. When applicable, consider using a new interim practice that may be used to reestablish needed water–holding capacity to structures, as allowed under applicable state and local laws.

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44 The OAI is designed to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer and to improve water quality using conservation practices on cropland and rangeland. Priority areas* defined in OAI proposal: Water Quantity Greater than 25 foot of groundwater decline Water Quality 60 percent or greater chance of nitrate levels exceeding 4 ppm in recent groundwater recharge *based on analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey

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46 101 applications received —includes cancelled and ineligible applications 10 contracts approved $1,388,239 total obligations Approximately 2,157 total contracted acres

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48 WLFW is an effort between the NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that leverages capabilities and resources and targets assistance where it is most needed. Eight species targeted nationwide. In Kansas the Lesser Prairie-Chicken was selected and the eligible area was determined by a multi-state group (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).

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50 62 total applications received 24 contracts approved in cutoff #1 All eligible applications approved $708,034 total obligations in cutoff #1 Approximately 23,944 total contracted acres Cutoff #2 contracts have not been obligated 19 applications in cutoff #2

51 Comments or recommendations for resource concerns, eligible practices, payment rates, and ranking criteria that we could take forward to the multi-state group?

52 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers. If you believe you experienced discrimination when obtaining services from USDA, participating in a USDA program, or participating in a program that receives financial assistance from USDA, you may file a complaint with USDA. Information about how to file a discrimination complaint is available from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail a program discrimination complaint form, available at any USDA office location or online at or write to:www.ascr.usda.gov, USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C Or call toll free at (866) (voice) to obtain additional information, the appropriate office or to request documents. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) or (800) (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) (voice and TDD).


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