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Private ag land owners could get fed help to rehab from wildfires

Special funding is available through the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help agricultural producers rehab private land burned in the recent wildfires, but they have to apply by Friday. “NRCS can help ranchers and agricultural producers that were significantly impacted by this year’s devastating wildfires,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS State Conservationist, for expenses such as fencing, seeding, livestock water development, herbaceous weed control, and erosion control on rangeland, pastureland and non-industrial private forest land; click below for more info.

NRCS News Release: Funding Available for Private Agricultural Land Affected by Wildfires

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering special funding to help agricultural producers rehabilitate private land burned in recent wildfires.

The sign-up period is short and applications must be in by August 30, 2013.

Idaho NRCS received extra funds for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program specifically for private land wildfire recovery efforts. The funds can be used to help restore privately owned rangelands and forest lands, reduce soil erosion and re-establish critical wildlife habitat.

“NRCS can help ranchers and agricultural producers that were significantly impacted by this year’s devastating wildfires,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS State Conservationist.

These funds can be used for work such as fencing, seeding, livestock water development, herbaceous weed control, and various erosion control practices on rangeland, pastureland and non-industrial private forest land.

Applications must be received by August 30 to be considered for this special funding.

For more information, contact your local NRCS office, call our state office at 208-378-5700, visit our Web site http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/id/home/. Or contact Ron Brooks, resource conservationist (program contact) at 208-378-5724 or Alexis Collins, public affairs specialist at 208-685-6978.




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