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NRCS announces application period for Regional Conservation Partnership Program project with Farmers’ Co-Operative Ditch Company

Contact:
Amie Miller, District Conservationist, 208.779.3447

CALDWELL, Idaho, April 6, 2018 – Farmers’ Co-Operative Ditch Company (FCDC) of Parma has received $500,000 matching project funds from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  RCPP promotes coordination and collaboration between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to qualified producers through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) contracts. 

The project is planned over a five- year timeline. One of the keystone conservation practices for the project is an 8.8-acre sediment basin, which officially began construction with a ground breaking ceremony at the site today. A water quality monitoring plan will accompany the basin.

Jerry Raynor, acting NRCS State Conservationist for Idaho, said, “This multi-prong approach to water quality allows the Famers’ Co-Operative Ditch Company to implement and promote voluntary conservation within the 4,000-acre project area. We are happy to be able to support the long term water quality, quantity and soil health goals of the company in Canyon County and the Lower Boise River watershed.”  

Tom Johnston, FCDC board member said, “The board is very committed to improve the Lower Boise River water quality.  This project will help our shareholders improve water quality, quantity and reduce production costs.” 

With the sediment basin in place, the project will start to implement other conservation practices by FCDC shareholders in the project area. These participants may apply for EQIP contracts which provide cost sharing and technical assistance from NRCS. Examples of some of the EQIP-supported conservation practices that would apply to this project include Irrigation Water Management plans, pivot and wheel line sprinkler systems, and flow meters.

The deadline for eligible landowners to apply for funds related to this project is May 25. Please contact the NRCS Field Office in Caldwell at (208) 454-8695 for more information or assistance. The Farmers’ Cooperative board will approve the ranking criteria that will be used to evaluate applications.

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