Benton County farmers can apply for water tool cost-share help

Tri-City HeraldDecember 30, 2013 

Benton County farmers interested in adding or expanding irrigation water management tools may be able to get some cost-share help from the Benton Conservation District.

The district is looking for growers to apply by Jan. 10 for a cost-share program that helps farmers pay for scientific tools to reduce water and energy usage.

Erin Hightower, the district's agricultural resource technician, said the state has provided extra funding this year to support irrigation water management. Some local dollars are also available to support the project.

Farmers can receive a cost-share payment of up to half of the actual cost of improvements. It is limited to $6 an acre for field crops and $250 per site for orchards and vineyards, according to a news release.

For more information, call Hightower at 509-832-1978. Applications need to include an irrigation water management plan, field information and a signed agreement.

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