USDA Announces $20 Million Grant Available For California Drought Relief



Share | |
(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The USDA will fund the grant through a federal sustainable agriculture program set up to help farmers save water and lessen their impact on the environment. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says cropland with at least 85 percent less water than normal will be given priority.  

“They may want to improve their irrigation system,” says Vilsack. “They may want to stabilize that fallow ground that can’t be farmed to avoid soil erosion. They may want to improve their watering facilities for livestock.”

Projects like rehabilitating existing springs and using cover crops to enrich soil will also be funded under the grant. The money is part of the federal government’s Climate Action Plan to mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

The last day to apply for federal assistance is March 3rd. 

 

Related Stories

  • Official Schwarzenegger Portrait Unveiled

    Monday, September 08, 2014

    The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.

  • Pool photo / AP

    Debate Coverage: Brown, Kashkari Square Off

    Thursday, September 04, 2014

    UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.

  • Legislature Approves 'Yes Means Yes' Measure

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.

We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter