Interested producers are reminded that Sept. 14 is the final deadline to submit applications for cost-share funding through the USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
About $314,000 is still available for the three-year program that concludes at the end of Fiscal Year 2018 (Sept. 30).
Currently, high priority is assigned to irrigation system monitoring equipment, soil moisture sensors, chemigation valves, and flow meters. If the high priority applications do not require all remaining funds, then medium priority applications will be considered for funding, beginning September 17. Medium priority items include irrigation pipelines, center pivots, and subsurface drip irrigation.
To date, eligible producers have received approximately $567,599.25 in RCPP funding.
This represents 131 contracts encompassing 48,246 acres.
Participation in RCPP is voluntary. Interested producers in the Panhandle-South Plains region can sign up for the program at their local USDA-NRCS service center.
Additional information about RCPP is available at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
In addition, be sure to visit www.hpwd.org/rcpp for information about eligible equipment, estimated payment rates, a contact list of USDA-NRCS Service Centers, and a map illustrating the 29 counties participating in RCPP.
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) in Lubbock serves as the lead RCPP partner. Supporting partners include Hemphill County UWCD in Canadian, Llano Estacado UWCD at Seminole, Mesa UWCD at Lamesa, North Plains GCD at Dumas, Sandy Land UWCD at Plains, and South Plains UWCD at Brownfield.
These groundwater conservation districts do not receive any funding for the program, but provide in-kind services to assist with water conservation efforts.
Be sure to “like” the High Plains Water District Facebook page to receive updates on district activities or follow us on Twitter at @HPUWCD.
Created in 1951 by local residents and the Texas Legislature, the High Plains Water District works to conserve, preserve, protect, and prevent the waste of underground water within its 16-county service area. HPWD is the first groundwater conservation district created in Texas.