The Environmental Services Program aids livestock producers in complying with state and federal environmental regulations pertaining to animal feeding operations through technical assistance and cost-share support.  A component of the Environmental Services Program is  the Stewardship Support Program which provides cost-share solutions for producers with compliance requirement needs and provides 60 percent cost share assistance.  These program funds apply to the components of the operation that support environmental and animal health improvements.  Contact Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at 701-223-2522 or today for your confidential, obligation-free assessment.  Since its inception, the program has conducted more than 721 assessments and delivered nearly $8 million in cost share to help producers implememt environmentally friendly practices that protect natural resources and enhance their livestock operation.
               The Goal: To make a positive contribution to the environment and, at the same time, increase the productivity and profitability of cattle operations.
               The Program: The Environmental Services Program is available to North Dakota Beef producers, including cow-calf operators, backgrounders, finishers and stockers.  Cattlemen voluntarily participate in this confidential, obligation-free program.
               The Process: Request an assessment.  You are under no obligation to make any suggested changes.  The environmental services director will schedule a meeting to visit with the producer and evaluate the site.  The director may conclude no changes,
                                      only management practice alterations or recommend solutions to improve the environmental soundness of the operation.  The director aids in filing the appropriate paperwork, seeking cost-share assistance and identifying qualified resource people.         
NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler was among the agricultural leaders who met with Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Doug Benevento on his visit to North Dakota to discuss environmental topics and the role agriculturists play as environmental stewards. This was an opportunity for the  NDSA to highlight its Section 319 grant-funded Environmental Services Program and discuss concerns over the Comprensive Environmntal Rsponse, Compensation and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Pictured are (L to R) Dan Wogsland,  North Dakota Gain Growers Association; Ressler; Doug Goehring, North Dakota Department of Agriculture; Benevento; Mike Appert, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association; Russell Doe, U.S. Durum Growers Association; and John Sandbakken National Sunflower Association.