Drought Conditions and Funding Options
Resources like hay and water strain under drought conditions. Landowners can look to various organizations to provide support for their crops and livestock.
The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) runs a program called the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP). EQUIP provides infrastructural and planning resources aimed at increasing the efficiency of water and seed use. This can mean improving irrigation systems, or developing stock tanks. However, the volume of applications is high, and the NRCS likely won’t be accepting applications until the summer of 2019. This can be a more long term solution.
Contact: (970) 259-3289
For more immediate help, landowners can use the Farm Service Agency. This organization runs the Livestock Forage Program, which will be accepting applications until November 15th, 2018. To get started with this process, landowners may make an appointment for an in-person review of property and livestock. This includes a formal acreage report, as well as numbers for the relevant livestock. There is no limit on size of property or livestock. Solutions from the FSA might consist of cash supplements, or seed donations. An overview of the program can be found here. To make an appointment, please call the office.
Contact: (970) 259-3289 ext. 2
They also run a Crop Insurance program, however that deadline has passed. Applications for 2019 will be due on December 1st, 2018.
Fencing with Wildlife in Mind – A Colorado Parks & Wildlife Guide for Landowners
This publication provides guidelines and details for constructing fences with wildlife in mind. The information it contains has been contributed by wildlife managers, biologists, land managers, farmers, and ranchers. Over time, their observations and research have built a body of knowledge concerning wildlife and fences, including:
- A basic understanding of how ungulates cross fences and the fence designs that
cause problems for moose, elk, deer, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep.
- Fence designs that adequately contain livestock without excluding wildlife.
- Fence designs that effectively exclude ungulates, bears, beavers, and other small
This information is intended to open the conversation about fences and wildlife. This is by no means the “last word.” New fencing materials and designs are continually developed.