Lagoon Conversion Program
The Lagoon Conversion Program is a voluntary agricultural cost share program designed specifically to meet the needs of North Carolina's swine farmers. It is administered as a component of the highly successful Agriculture Cost Share Program.
Under LCP, swine farmers may be eligible for up to 90 percent cost share to convert existing swine lagoon and sprayfield systems to innovative animal waste management systems. LCP may also be used to help to establish centralized waste collection and treatment systems to serve existing swine waste management systems that employ the new technology.
LCP was signed into law by the General Assembly on Aug. 31, 2007 as General Statute 143-215.101. The program is intended to be technology-neutral. However, until the performance standards are made permanent through rulemaking, approved technologies for the first round of funding must be consistent with the “Development of Environmentally Superior Technologies - Phase 3 Report.”
These performance standards include:
- Eliminating direct discharge, seepage or runoff.
- Substantially eliminating ammonia emissions.
- Substantially eliminating odor.
- Substantially eliminating disease-transmitting vectors and pathogens.
- Substantially eliminating nutrient and heavy metals in soils and groundwater.
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The N.C. State University Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center provides more information on innovative waste management systems.
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