Marshall County has been authorized to implement ECP (EC6) which provides emergency funding and technical assistance in implementing emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.
Deadline for signup is August 15, 2012. Under ECP farmers may qualify for enhancement measures such as livestock grazing for pasture and forage, an emergency water supply for existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards among others.
Under the program cost share assistance of up to 75% of the cost to implement an approved temporary practice and up to 50% of the cost to implement a permanent practice may be subsidized.
Also announced yesterday is the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for emergency haying and grazing.
Those interested in these programs should contact the Marshall County Farm Service Agency at 527-3231.