Senate Ag Chairman Steve Bair Requests Full Funding For 2-to-1 Match

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) wrapped up their budget presentations today with a handful of reports from the Senate and House committee chairmen.  Today’s hearing started promptly at 8:00am with Senate Agricultural Affairs Chairman Steve Bair (R-Blackfoot) discussing the budgets his committee had reviewed.

Bair said they had reviewed the Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s budget, and referenced the two-to-one match was $209,700 from being fully funded.  IASCD and the SWC presented to the Senate Ag Affairs Committee on February 14th, 2013 and discussed the importance of a fully funded match.

Chairman Bair let JFAC know that districts use match funds to leverage grants from the Office of Species Conservation, Bonneville Power Administration, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and even private grants.  He also said that local soil and water conservation districts can play a great role in reducing the TMDL in Idaho’s streams and rivers.  Therefor, the Senate Ag Committee recommended an additional $209,700.

The date for JFAC to hear the SWC’s budget isn’t known at this time, but we will share it with you as soon as it is set.

Thank you Chairman Bair for your strong support!

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