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KID / Klamath Irrigation District March NOTICE
Funding for various on-farm conservation programs is being lost by Klamath Project farmers. Many new national and regional programs designed to assist farmers to become more efficient with their water requirements is being overlooked and not applied for in the Klamath Basin. These programs provide significant funding to assist farmers make on-farm improvements.
Klamath Irrigation District invites all irrigators to contact Josh Elke with the Klamath Falls Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at 1945 Main Street, Ste 200, in Klamath Falls to learn more about the numerous funding opportunities and to formally request access to the various programs. Josh can be reached at 541-887-3503.
Klamath Irrigation Districtís vision for the modernization of our system includes programs which create a 30% water savings. By reducing water demand, we can keep lands in production instead of reacting to continued pressure by various groups to reduce the number of irrigated acres by 30%. We believe this is possible through various programs to include:
Upgrading existing irrigation systems to LEPA systems which are deemed 97% efficient. Wheel lines are deemed only 60-70% efficient. Funding for this program may become available if the irrigators in the Klamath Basin demonstrate interest to Josh.
Enrollment in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.



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