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November 16 Application Deadline Set For Water Enhancement Program

Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653

DAVIS, Calif., October 18, 2012—California’s farmers and other agricultural producers interested in applying for funding through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) have until Nov. 16, 2012, to do so. AWEP applications are being taken for existing approved projects, which can be found at:

AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality.

NRCS California has invested approximately $67 million through AWEP since 2009, helping agricultural producers install more efficient irrigation systems, protect water quality in rivers and streams, and improve surface and groundwater resources.

The November 16 application deadline has been established contingent on Fiscal Year 2013 funding being allocated pending passage of a new Farm Bill or reauthorization of the existing 2008 Farm Bill.

Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans on a first-come, first-served basis. While applications can be submitted throughout the year, applications received by November 16 will be evaluated for funding priority for the pending 2013 funding. Applications received after November 16 may be considered for future funding.

For additional information, eligible producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the programs can be found at

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.


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