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.
Since its inception, the program has conducted more than 710 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: Requesting an assessment is simple and confidential, plus the producer is under no obligation to make suggested changes.

  Contact the North Dakota Stockmen's Association.

  The environmental services director will schedule a meeting.

  The director visits with the producer and evaluates the site.

  After the assessment, the director may conclude no changes necessary, or only management practice alterations are necessary.

  If the director determines a problem, he will recommend solutions to improve the environmental soundness of the operation.

  The director also aids in filing the appropriate paperwork, seeking cost-share assistance and identifying qualified resource people (engineers, contractors, etc.)

The Stewardship Support Program: A program developed through the Environmental Services Program is designed to provide cost-share solutions for producers with compliance requirement needs.
The Stewardship Support Program is the segment of Environmental Services that 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.
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.