2012 Drought Initiative Top Conservation Practices Funded through Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
In Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), Forage and Biomass Planting was the number one practice installed. Two types of planting were funded. One was designed to provide relief to pastures while the other was to provide long-term recovery of the pasture. Annual ryegrass was recommended to provide relief to pastures so that cover could be established and to provide cool season forage for grazing. Perennial forages were recommended to provide long term recovery to pastures. Pasture planting for long-term recovery was recommended for pastures that may not adequately come back due to the recent drought conditions.
The next top conservation practices funded provide water to livestock. Watering Facilities, Pipelines and Heavy Use Area Protection help provide immediate relief to livestock that do not have access to safe and reliable water. Watering Facilities are tanks and troughs that, along with Pipeline, supply water to the facility. A concrete or gravel pad called a Heavy Use Area Protection is built around the water facility to prevent erosion and give the livestock a firm footing around the tank. Ponds were also funded to provide a source of water for longer term recovery.