$500,000 available to Nevada producers for water conservation projects

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Applications are due Nov. 20

Throughout Nevada’s history, farmers and ranchers have faced and overcome issues that arise from drought. Over the years, severe droughts have been a threat to Nevada agriculture, which plays a crucial role in Nevada’s economy.

To better prepare Nevada’s producers for drought conditions, Governor Brian Sandoval has put together a task force to provide resources and promote water conservation and management activities. This year, the Nevada Department of Agriculture secured $500,000 for water saving and conservation projects in 2018.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is seeking proposals from agricultural and livestock producers who are dedicated to implementing projects that facilitate water saving and conservation efforts. The request for applications (RFA) may be found on the NDA website, and applications must be submitted to the NDA by Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

After review, individual projects that support the development and use of water saving technology and/or best management practices will be selected. The most successful applications will include projects that improve water efficiency by 1.5 acre-feet in over-allocated basins; however, projects with a lower impact in other areas will still be competitively reviewed.

To be considered, producers will need to describe the sustainability of their proposed water conservation projects, their operation’s need for the project, the ways they will reduce water usage and the methods they will use to evaluate their water savings.

Producers must show their operation has been in business for at least three years or that they are well-established. It is also important that producers have means of measuring or calculating water usage prior to implementing their projects to demonstrate efficiency and/or a change in their water usage.

This funding opportunity supports sustainable agricultural practices, which are in line with the goals of Governor Sandoval’s drought initiative, as well as the NDA mission. Funding recipients will continue to produce food and fiber that support the economy, while reducing the use of water.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Jake Dick at jdick@agri.nv.gov AND mailed or delivered via hard copy to 405 South 21st St. Sparks, NV 89431. Visit agri.nv.gov/administration/grant_opportunities to view the RFA, application and scoring rubric.

Article Written By Jake Dick, agriculturist.