Funds available to assist landowners that have previously drilled livestock water supply wells in response to the drought

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Conservation is pleased to announce the availability of funds to assist landowners that have previously drilled livestock water supply wells in response to the ongoing drought. Previously installed livestock water supply pipeline and tanks are also eligible for funding. The State Conservation Commission took action on July 31, 2018 to approve funding that will provide financial assistance for livestock water supply wells, pipeline and tanks installed after June 1, 2018 and before the announcement of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Initiative by NRCS on July 24, 2018.
Following is additional program guidance on the Retroactive Livestock Well Incentive Payment Initiative:
➢ Applications will be accepted from August 1st thru August 31st 2018.
➢ Eligible livestock wells, pipeline and tanks must have been installed or have started the installation
process between the dates of June 1, 2018 and July 24, 2018.
➢ Eligible livestock wells, pipeline and tanks must serve pastures 40 acres or larger with a permanent
perimeter fence.
➢ Landowners must provide a copy of the completed WWC-5 Water Well Record form for all wells
drilled.
➢ Landowners must provide copies of all bills pertaining to drilling the livestock wells, installing
livestock water supply pipeline and installing tanks.
➢ Landowners must certify that these practices are being used for livestock water supply and no other
purpose.
➢ Eligible areas will be the same as the NRCS EQIP 2018 Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP) Drought Initiative. These eligible areas are located in the following Kansas counties:

Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Clark, Clay, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Dickinson,
Edwards, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Geary, Grant, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper,
Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion,
McPherson, Meade, Morris, Morton, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno,
Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, and
Wabaunsee.
➢ The DOC will approve applications until all specified funds are allocated at the end of the sign-up period.
➢ Applications will be ranked based on criteria developed and approved by the SCC.
➢ Districts will need to accept applications for the full 30-day sign-up period and forward all applications to the DOC at the end of the sign-up period. This will allow the DOC to have an
accurate inventory of applications.
➢ The DOC will approve applications as soon as possible after the sign-up ending date.
➢ The DOC does not guarantee adequate funds will be available to fund all eligible applications.
➢ Practice Code 642 (Water Well) will have a statewide county average cost of $25.00 per linear
foot of depth with a cost-share percentage of 50% under this initiative.
➢ Practice Code 516 (Pipeline) will have a statewide county average cost of $3.00 per linear
foot with a cost-share percentage of 50% under this initiative.
➢ Practice Code 614 (Watering Facility) will have a statewide county average cost of $1.50 per
gallon with a cost-share percentage of 50% under this initiative.
➢ Landowners with approved applications will sign a 10-year maintenance agreement for the
practices as installed.
➢ The total landowner limit for financial assistance will be $6,000 under this initiative.