The Cooper County Public Health Department staff is receiving questions about the recently passed Regulation # 5 dated August 24, 2018. Here are some of the questions received and responses.
- Is this an Ordinance?
This is a Regulation and not an Ordinance.
- Is a permit required from the Cooper County Public Health Center to spread nutrients on my farm?
Permits are not required, nor do we issue them.
- I am a current farmer in Cooper County with a CAFO, does this regulation impact me?
Current farming operations with a Class 1 CAFO are grandfathered in and are not impacted. Those with smaller CAFOs are not affected unless they expand and become a Class 1 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) as designated by the Missouri State Department of Natural Resources.
- I am a current farmer in Cooper County without a CAFO, does this regulation impact me?
A farmer without a CAFO will only be impacted if they receive nutrients from a Class 1 CAFO operating in Cooper County. These farmers will be required to create a Nutrient Management Plan and follow the regulation.
- I understand that there is a requirement for new Class 1 CAFO’s after August 24, 2018 to have a Nutrient Management Plan?
Yes, a new Class 1 CAFO that becomes operational in Cooper County after August 24, 2018 will be required to have a nutrient management plan according to the State of Missouri Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Nutrient Management Technical Standard. Farmers receiving nutrients from a Class 1 CAFO also need a Nutrient Management Plan.
- Where can I get help to create a Nutrient Management Plan?
The free Purdue Nurtient Management Planner https://www.purdue.edu/agsoftware/mmp/ and the MMPTracker tool is available to farmers anywhere in the U.S. at nmtracker.missouri.edu. Farmers can map their fields and the system automatically calculates field sizes and retrieves field soil type information from agency sources.
- If I receive nutrients from a Class 1 CAFO from another county, will I need a Nutrient Management Plan?
We encourage you to use a Nutrient Management Plan.
- When does Regulation # 5 impact me?
All farming operations with Class 1 CAFOs currently in existence as of August 24, 2018 will remain unchanged. When a new Class 1 CAFO is built in Cooper County or an existing CAFO expands to a Class 1 CAFO or if a farmer receives nutrients from one of these, they will then be required to comply with Regulation # 5 and its components by creating a Nutrient Management Plan following the State of Missouri Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Nutrient Management Technical Standard.
- Where do you find the State of Missouri Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Nutrient Management Technical Standard.
A hard copy may be picked up at the Cooper County Public Health Department or you may access it on line at: https://dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cafo/. If you want to pick up a copy at the office, please call ahead so we can have it ready for you.
10. I am a farmer, but I do not own a CAFO, is there any assistance available to assist with Nutrient Management Plans?
A possible solution is the NRCS EQIP Program through USDA. Farmers not owning a CAFO and receiving manure from a CFO can apply to USDA, NRCS, for enrollment in the EQIP Program (CAP104) for cost share and assistance in developing their plan. Deadline for current application period is November 16, 2018. NRCS also has a list of approved Technical Service Providers they use to develop nutrient management plans. The website for Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) is located at www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/technical/tsp . The site provides background on what TSP’s do and how to find a TSP for a specific type of service. Hiring one of these TSP’s to complete a service is at farmer’s own cost unless they have an approved contract to develop a nutrient management plan through the local NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).