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Lake County borders on drought;
County may be
June 30, 2004 Herald and
On June 24, Agriculture
Secretary Ann Veneman authorized emergency livestock
grazing on certain lands enrolled in the
Conservation Reserve Program in response to the
severe drought conditions plaguing much of the West.
executive director of the Farm Services Agency in
Lake County, said there are 3,494 acres enrolled in
the CRP in Lake County that may apply for emergency
grazing this year.
Hamilton said Lake
County was looking at precipitation numbers that
were 84 percent of normal as of June 1.
In May, Lake County saw
some scattered showers that Hamilton said skewed the
report, and she expects the precipitation levels to
be lower in the next report.
Lake County was listed
in a moderate to severe drought area on the federal
government's "Drought Monitor" Web site.
Hamilton said that even
though Lake County has less than a 20 percent
precipitation loss reported, they were notified by
the state Farm Service Agency that Lake County may
be eligible for emergency grazing this year.
There are 18 separate
CRP contracts in Lake County, and owners of those
lands will have the option of applying for emergency
The emergency grazing
program only affects people with CRP contracts.
The Farm Service Agency county executive directors of Klamath, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties said they would most likely not ask for emergency grazing on CRP lands. Washoe County doesn't have any land in the program.
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