Thursday, April 16, 2009

Notice: California drought assistance available

From the California Cattlemen's Association:

Rancher and farmers in designated counties with extreme or severe drought conditions may apply for assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California until May 8, 2009. During the special 30-day sign up, NRCS will take applications for $2 million available for practices designed to protect soil and air quality in areas of fallowed fields, keep orchard trees alive, and protect natural resources on ranch and pasture land. Practices being offered through the program for ranchers include irrigation water management, livestock watering facilities, and more. Due to the extraordinary conditions NRCS will pay a higher-than-normal 75 percent cost share rate.

The $2 million is being made available in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

More information on the drought, conservation practices that may mitigate drought-related problems, and payment rates for the current drought initiative are available by clicking here or by contacting your local NRCS office, listed in the government section of the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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