Today’s Capital Press had a great article on the West Side Soil and Water Conservation District’s effort to obtain a federal grant intended to entice more local growers to plant their fields in fall cover crops. West Side is seeking $214,000 over three years in Conservation Innovation Grant money for projects that promote water conservation.
From the article:
Rick Passey planted his farm’s first cover crop this fall to provide extra feed on cattle pasture, given the high price of hay. The grant would allow farmers to graze livestock on their cover crops. Passey, who serves as the soil and water conservation district’s chairman, said limited water availability for irrigating cover crops could pose a concern for would-be participants.
Nonetheless, he predicted, “I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting the money spent if we get the money.”
He said other growers will likely apply to prevent wind erosion from fields. Interstate 15 north of Idaho Falls has closed several times in recent years due to blowing dust, he said.
“We’ve been trying to find a solution to that,” Passey said. “The one thing we have to impress on (growers) is once dirt blows away, it’s never coming back.”
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