Upcoming application deadlines for federal programs include crop insurance programs offered by the USDA's Risk Management Agency (2/28); non-insured crop insurance offered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (3/1); and water conservation enhancements offered by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (3/3). These programs offer a variety on-farm assistance including cover crops and tree pruning as well as market-based risk management tools.
Informational sessions will be held on the following dates/locations:
February 18, 2014, 6-8pm (Redding/Palo Cedro)
Junction Elementary School - Theater Room
9087 Deschutes Road
Palo Cedro, CA 96073
February 19, 2014, 6-8pm (Salinas)
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
1428 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901
February 20, 2014, 6-8pm (Fresno)
Fresno County Farm Bureau
1274 W. Hedges Ave
Fresno, CA 93728
Several state/federal government entities will be represented at these information sessions, including: USDA Farm Service Agency; USDA Risk Management Agency; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; USDA Rural Development; the California Employment Development Department; and other community resources.
CDFA continues to support California's drought response. The department has developed a web page as an information clearinghouse on assistance programs for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers; will continue to work with California food banks to address drought-related impacts; and is working with the University of California to develop a real-time assessment of drought impacts in farming and ranching communities.
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency<http://gov.ca.gov/
Across state government, action is being taken. The Department of General Services is leading water conservation efforts<http://www.documents.
In January, the state took action to conserve<http://www.water.ca.
The state is working to protect local communities from the dangers of extreme drought. The California Department of Public Health identified<http://www.cdph.ca.
Even as the state deals with the immediate impacts of the drought, it's also planning for the future. Recently, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and CDFA released the California Water Action Plan<http://resources.ca.gov/
Governor Brown has called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent, and the Save Our Water<http://www.saveourh20.
For more information concerning drought resources for California farmers, ranchers and farmworkers, please visit - www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought<http:/