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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2004

Usda Provides Animal Ag Conservation

For Immediate Release USDA Press Office July 30, 2004

USDA Provides $8.5 Million to 13 States for Animal Agriculture Conservation

VAN WERT, Ohio--Agriculture Secretary Ann M.Veneman today announced that $8.5 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds will be provided to 13 states to address animal agriculture conservation needs.

"These funds will help producers with animal operations meet state and federal regulatory requirements by helping them apply conservation practices in their comprehensive nutrient management plans," said Veneman. "EQIP helps producers optimize overall environmental benefits as part of agricultural production."

The states receiving the additional funds are Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

In allocating these funds, NRCS considered factors such as the number of concentrated animal feeding operations, number of animal units and cost of animal waste systems. Funding allocated per state: ARKANSAS$427,800 INDIANA$548,600 IOWA$1,325,500 MICHIGAN$305,500 MINNESOTA$970,700 MISSOURI$584,600 NEBRASKA$589,700 NEW YORK$493,600 NORTH CAROLINA$378,700 OHIO$585,500 PENNSYLVANIA$737,500 SOUTH DAKOTA$322,400 WISCONSIN$1,293,100 Grand Total$8,563,200

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