“We are finding new and creative ways to serve Yolo County landowner’s during this challenging time”, says Phil Hogan, District Conservationist of Yolo County USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. With several farm programs available such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CStwP), National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) among others, farmers are provided the opportunity to receive cost-shared assistance to aid in addressing resource concerns on their farming or ranching operations. NRCS also continues to offer conservation technical assistance that does not include a cost-sharing element but is another great tool for farmers to receive consultation, project suggestions and ideas and/or general specifications for a farming or ranching practice.
Applications for NRCS programs to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2021 can be taken by any staff member in the Yolo County NRCS office from now until Spring of 2021. Phil also says, “We continue through this pandemic to work to ensure the long-term sustainability of Yolo County agriculture even though our doors are closed”. To make a field appointment or request information regarding NRCS programs, please contact the Woodland USDA-NRCS office at 530-207-6528. Office hours are 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.