The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and USDA will be holding informational sessions on drought resources for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers in the coming weeks. The government programs are designed to assist farmers with water conservation, crop insurance and other on-farm management tools. Information on farmworker assistance programs will also be available.
Deadlines are rapidly approaching to apply for crop insurance from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (Feb. 28), non-insured crop insurance from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (Mar. 1) and water conservation enhancements offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (Mar. 3).
Informational sessions will be held as follows:
Feb. 18 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Redding/Palo Cedro)
Junction Elementary School – Theater Room, 9087 Deschutes Road,
Feb. 19 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Salinas)
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office,
1428 Abbott Street,
Feb. 20 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Fresno)
Fresno County Farm Bureau,
1274 W. Hedges Ave.,
Feb. 25 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Ventura/Camarillo)
Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office,
555 Airport Way, Suite E,
Feb. 26 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (San Diego/Escondido)
San Diego County Farm Bureau,
1670 E. Valley Parkway,
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.
For more information concerning drought resources for California farmers, ranchers and farmworkers, please visit – www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought.