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Funding available to help Klamath County farmers reduce wind erosion during drought

Apply to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service by April 25

NEWS_RELEASE_HEADER-UPDATEDRelease No. 2018-03-031

Contact:
David Ferguson, District Conservationist

(541) 887-3503, david.ferguson@or.usda.gov

Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer
503-414-3220, tracy.robillard@or.usda.gov

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - (Mar. 21, 2018) - With the recent drought declaration issued for Klamath County, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial assistance to Klamath County agricultural producers to help them mitigate wind erosion impacts on highly-erodible soils.

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to submit an application for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to the NRCS office in Klamath Falls by April 25.

The funding is only available to producers with highly-erodible soils and fields that are subject to excessive wind erosion. During a drought, a lack of irrigation water has the potential to increase wind erosion. Funding for this program may change depending on irrigation water supply availability in the coming months.

“This funding is intended to assist growers in planting a small grain cover crop to reduce the risk of wind erosion that can damage adjacent crops, impact traffic visibility, and cause other problems.” said David Ferguson, District Conservationist. “This funding is a very short-term solution, but should be considered as a beginning to soil quality maintenance that incorporates a cover crop following intensive fall tillage.”

NRCS will give higher priority to applications with fields that have the greatest risk of wind erosion. These eligible field conditions must meet the following: 1) must already have less than 20 percent residue, and 2) have not been recently tilled at the time of application.

Applications will be prioritized for funding based on the soil type, erodibility, proximity to roads, and residue conditions at the time of application. Seeding will be reimbursed at $41.90 per acre. Cover crops are to be planted in erodible fields to provide adequate soil protection and public safety, such as along roads and highways.

Additional forms are required in addition to the EQIP application form. For more information about EQIP and to download the application form, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage. For more information about this funding opportunity in Klamath County, contact David Ferguson, NRCS District Conservationist in Klamath Falls, at 541-887-3503.

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical assistance to voluntary farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to implement conservation practices on private lands. By working collectively with partners and stakeholders, NRCS helps maintain healthy and productive working landscapes, benefitting both environmental and agricultural needs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).