Money Available for California Farmers' Water Conservation Projects

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Record precipitation may be easing up the three-year drought in California a bit, but overall producers in the state still struggle with enough resources for their operations.
California farmers and ranchers are encouraged to submit proposals to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for funding to improve water and land resources.
$22.8 million is available through the 2011 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program and Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative to help producers during this difficult time.
The money comes from the 2008 Farm Bill.
“California’s farming, ranching, tribal and educational communities have benefited from these two programs over the past two years, and this year will be no different,” said Ed Burton, NRCS state conservationist in California told The Sacramento Bee.
The AWEP offers technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to improve water quality, while CCPI works to improve clean air and water for agricultural lands.
Proposals are due by Jan. 28, 2011. Click here for more information.

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Written by: Melissa Warner / Farm Plus Financial staff writer