The State Conservationist, with advice from the Idaho State Technical Advisory
Committee, determined that Limited Resource Farmers and Beginning Farmers would
receive 75% cost share costs for qualified conservation practices. The
total cost share caps of $50,000 for both Irrigation Systems and Animal Waste
Systems does apply and may result in less than 75% cost share being received.
NRCS has developed an automated website
for producers to determine if they meet the criteria for Limited Resource
Farmers. The site can be found at:
http://www.lrftool.sc.egov.usda.gov/. This site also
contains further explanations for both categories.
Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher:
A Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher has the following characteristics:
A person with a direct or indirect gross
farm sales not more than $100,000 in each of the previous two years (to be
increased starting in FY 2004 to adjust for inflation using Prices Paid By
Farmers Index as compiled by NASS), and
Has a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a
family of four, or less than 50 percent of county median household
income (to be determined annually using Commerce Department Data), in each of
the previous two years.
An entity or joint operation can be a Limited Resource Producer if all
individual members qualify as a Limited Resource Producer.
Beginning Farmer of Rancher:
A Beginning Farmer or Rancher has the following characteristics:
Has not operated a farm or ranch, or who
has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years.
This requirement applies to all members of an entity, and
Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm
In the case of a contract with an individual, individually
or with the immediate family, material and substantial participation
requires that the individual provide substantial day-to-day labor and
management of the farm or ranch, consistent with the practices in the county
or state where the farm is located.
In the case of a contract made with an
entity, all members must materially and substantially participate in the
operation of the farm or ranch. Material and substantial participation
requires that the members provide some amount of the management, or labor
and management necessary for day-to-day activities, such that if the members
did not provide these inputs, operation of the farm or ranch would be
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Please contact the District Conservationist in the
Center nearest the location of your property.