$1 million available to dairies in Kings River area
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California, in conjunction with Kings River Conservation District, announced that $1 million is available for irrigated cropland farmers and dairy producers in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.
This financial assistance is being made available through the Bay Delta Initiative, created in 2011 to help farmers in California’s Central Valley apply enhanced water quality improvement practices in a multi-year process. Additionally, this effort will support work sponsored by Resource Conservation Districts and other partners to benefit water quality and wildlife habitat. BDI is one of a dozen NRCS national initiatives aimed at assisting farmers with conservation practices using a landscape-level approach. Applications are due March 15.
Funds will be allocated to managers of cropland and animal feeding operations. In addition, funds will be allocated for nutrient management plans that will apply nutrients at agronomic levels while addressing water quality resource concerns. BDI funds will focus on practices and systems to address the following priority resource concerns:
Cropland: Improve water quality by reducing pesticides and other pollutants that enter local streams, rivers and groundwater. Improve irrigation efficiency on cropland by installing more efficient irrigation systems and by adopting irrigation water management techniques.
Animal Feeding Operations: Improve and protect water quality by installing practices that will address resource issues and opportunities associated with dairy and confined animal operations.
Eligible producers who submit applications and other required documents by close of business on March 15 will be considered for this funding cycle. Funding decisions will be made according to the highest priority list of screened and ranked applications available at that time. Applications will continue to be accepted after the deadline, but ranking and funding decisions will be deferred until the next funding cycle.
Interested producers in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties should contact the following NRCS offices for more information
- Fresno County: NRCS Fresno Service Center, 4625 W. Jennifer Ave., Suite 125, Fresno, CA 93722, or call 276-7494.
- Kings County: NRCS Hanford Service Center, 680 Campus Dr., Suite E, Hanford, CA 93230, or call 584-9209.
- Tulare County: NRCS Visalia Service Center, 3530 W. Orchard Court, Visalia, CA 93277, or call 734-8732.