Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Special Project to Assist with Low Elevation Sprinklers

BOISE– Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist for Idaho, Curtis Elke, has set aside funding under the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for a special project to help producers in the upper Snake River Valley improve their irrigation efficiency.

The project will offer funding for cost share assistance on Low Elevation Sprinkler Application (LESA) Systems, which University of Idaho research shows save water. Cost share assistance is available up to $12,000 per person to implement this system.  In addition to the LESA cost share, there is also assistance available to purchase soil moisture sensors to aid in fully utilizing the new systems efficiency and water savings. 

“While Idaho’s moisture outlook has improved this year, drought will remain a threat to the state’s agriculture,” said Elke. “In setting aside these funds, NRCS-Idaho is calling for applications to ensure that our precious water resources are being utilized in an efficient and sustainable fashion.”

Applications for this program are now being taken through May 20 at the NRCS field office in Idaho Falls. Contact Josh Miller, District Conservationist, at 522-6250 ext. 3 for more information.

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