The United States Department of Agriculture wants to help farmers impacted by this year's brutal wildfire season in central and eastern Washington.
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is now accepting applications from agriculture producers in Kittitas, Grant, Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas counties impacted by wildfires in 2014. Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help resource concerns on private and tribal land.
NRCS will be offering two financial assistance options:
Option 1 – General EQIP
The key conservation practice available for assistance under this option is deferred grazing. This practice allows grasses time to recover while livestock producers seek alternate feed sources. And for the first time, NRCS is also offering broadcast seeding as part of this initiative.
Option 2 – Wildfire Special Initiative