$20 Million Available For
Agricultural Conservation Enhancements On Key Agricultural Lands
Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack announced TODAY USDA
will make $20M available for agricultural water conservation efforts throughout
California to combat the effects of drought. Interested landowners and managers
have until March 3, 2014 to apply for available funds.
"Working with our federal, state,
and local partners, we are doing everything within our power to support those
farmers and ranchers affected by this intense drought." said Vilsack.
"These funds will help get a suite of scientifically proven conservation
techniques on the ground and helping producers. USDA has a long, successful
history of helping farmers and ranchers plan for and employ conservation
practices that conserve and protect and maximize every available drop of
This announcement is part of broader
Obama Administration efforts to help those impacted by the drought. Through the
National Drought Resilience Partnership, launched as part of President Obama's
Climate Action Plan, federal agencies are working closely with state, local
government, agriculture and other partners on a coordinated response.
USDA is announcing this additional
funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental
Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agricultural operators use water more
efficiently, stabilize fallowed cropland, and protect their livelihoods for the
future. Funds are available statewide to install a number of conservation
practices including irrigation efficiency, cover crops, rehabilitation of
existing spring developments, protection of grazing lands, and other supporting
Funds will be divided between two
specific funding pools: cropland and grazing lands. Cropland with a reduced
water allocation of at least 85 percent will receive the highest priority.
In order to be considered eligible for EQIP, the applicant
must have a vested interest in agricultural production and meet other program
eligibility requirements. For additional information, eligible landowners are
encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations
and more information on the drought initiative can be found at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.
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