Farms and ranches in Douglas and Esmeralda counties in Nevada and Mono County in California, experiencing severe drought conditions, may be eligible for cost-share assistance under Emergency Conservation Program.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, the program applies if water for livestock has been reduced below normal to the extent that livestock cannot survive without additional water.
The program allows for water conservation and enhancement measures to permit grazing of range, pasture or forage by livestock in times of severe drought.
The practice is to be used for livestock on grazing land that does not have access to water because of an extended period of severe drought conditions. It is required that no other means of obtaining water for livestock is available. The practice can be used in areas where there is adequate range or pasture residue for livestock to be served by the water hauled to that area and can be used to contribute to better grazing distribution. The land must have had adequate livestock water prior to the drought.
Producers experiencing severe drought conditions that has required outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water have until Oct. 28 to contact the Yerington office to request assistance. Call for an appointment at (775) 463-2855. The office is located at 215 W. Bridge St., Suite 10A in Yerington.
A producer qualifying for assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of hauling water and providing livestock watering facilities.