Special 30-Day Window for Drought Assistance Offered to Farmers and Ranchers
“Record low levels of water storage combined with low snow melt has dried up water deliveries to a point where folks are struggling just to keep trees going so they can live to bear a crop next year,” says
“Our best advice for preventing wind erosion is to leave some vegetative stubble or cover on the field,” says Burton. “If the land is already harvested and tilled there are fewer options. Even in those cases, however, our conservationists are willing to take a look at the fields and see if surface roughening, straw mulch or silt fencing may help.”
Practices being offered through the program include establishing vegetative cover, soil surface roughening, incorporation of soil-stabilizing organic matter, silt fencing adjacent to highways, irrigation water management, pruning to keep trees alive, livestock watering facilities, maintaining standing stubble and more. More information on the drought, conservation practices that may mitigate drought-related problems, and payment rates for the current drought initiative are available at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/features/cadrought.html or by contacting your local NRCS office, listed in the government section of the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture.
SOURCE USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service