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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.

Program Background

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.


Related Links and Documents:

The N.C. State University Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center provides more information on innovative waste management systems.

Waste Treatment, NRCS Standard 629 dated June 2006

Use of Existing Lagoon Updated Guidance - Approved 052308

Division of Water Quality's Animal Feeding Operations Unit

ERC 2008 LCP Report - Presented November 25, 2008 (Report includes Attachments A - D) - PDF format

Press Releases and News Articles:

Three Applicants Selected for Swine Farm Lagoon Conversion Program (June 2008)

Pig Waste Proves Powerful, News and Observer (October 2011)


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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