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Grazing, Fire Risk Management, Affirmative Agricultural Easements & Alternative Payment Structures

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Eight months after devastating fires swept through Sonoma County, our community has rallied to an ongoing recovery. Still, the tragedy of those wildfires remains fresh in the minds of our friends and neighbors. The lives and property that were lost last...

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:03 AM
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  • Author: Reid Johnsen
  • Editor: J. M.
Tags: cattle (10), easements (1), Grazing (2), rangeland (5)
Focus Area Tags: Natural Resources

Sources of Rice Straw for Mulch and Erosion Control

Post fire inventories include a lot for ranchers, e.g. stock, forage, fence, buildings and equipment losses immediately come to mind. Equally important is an inventory of potential sediment sources from hill slopes, fire cut roads and riparian areas that will need mitigation to prevent soil loss and sediment movement into streams.

Rice straw as mulch, in bales for check dams and in the ubiquitous waddles all come into play for the recovery process. Sometimes the mulch is also used in reseeding sites too. The following sources of rice straw were put together by Rachel Elkins, pomology advisor and were forwarded to me by Greg Giusti, forestry and wildlands advisor - emeritus.

Paul Buttner of the California Rice Commission (https://twitter.com/PaulTheRiceGuy). His website is: http://www.ricestrawmarket.org/index.html. It is a buyer-seller website. His phone number is (916) 206-5340. His twitter page links to http://calrice.org with more contact information.

Ken Collins, a rice grower in Gridley (Butte County) is a large rice straw dealer. His phone number is (530) 682-6020.

EarthSavers makes straw wattles. They are in Woodland: http://www.earth-savers.com/.

Once you have an inventory of potential sediment sources identified, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for technical help with mitigation and design of erosion control structures. I've included Carol Mandel's contact information below. Many of these mitigation techniques will have cost share programs to help. 

Carol Mandel

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

1252 Airport Park Blvd. Suite B-1

Ukiah CA 95482

Bus: (707) 468-9223

Email: carol.mandel@ca.usda.gov

 

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Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:12 PM
Tags: Cattle (10), Erosion control (1), goats (6), horses (1), ranch (1), rangeland (5), Rice Straw (1), riparian (1), sheep (6), wildfire (2)

Livestock Indemnity Program for Fire Stock Losses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to reimburse producers up to 75% of the market value of animals lost due to adverse weather conditions. Adverse weather conditions under LIP include wildfires. All classes of cattle are eligible for reimbursement including cows, bulls and calves. For 2017, a claim for a bull is paid out at $1,350.34, a cow at $1,038.73 and non-adult cattle (calves) from $471.22 per head to $1,001.12 per head depending on weight.

Sheep, goats and other stock including poultry are also eligible. There reimbursement rates for them are shown in tables in the document link included at the end of this post.

 
In order to be eligible to receive payment under LIP, a producer must notify their local county Farm Service Administration (FSA) of their intent to seek a claim within 30 days of the loss (see Katie Delbar's contact information below).

Katie Delbar
1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ste B-1
Ukiah, CA 95482
Bus: 707) 468-9225 ext. 2
Email: Katie.Delbar@ca.usda.gov

A final claim must be submitted within 90 days of informing the county FSA office of the loss and the final claim must also be made within the same calendar year as the loss. Documentation will be requested by the county FSA office to verify the claim including any photographs that can be made available documenting the loss or the impact of the fire, records to prove ownership, etc.

 

A fact sheet about the Livestock Indemnity Program can be found here.

 

 

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Tags: Cattle (10), Goats (6), Rangeland (5), Sheep (6), Wildfire (2)

Mendocino & Lake Counties Fire Recovery Info

The attached pdf, from Katie Delbar, provides initial info on assistance for ag producers with property in the recent Mendocino & Lake fires.

I've just begun to work on a smartphone app that I hope will make it easy to assess acreage damaged by the fires, economic value of the forage losses and reseeding requirements and cost assessments. I'll keep you posted on that progress.

Below are quite a few links for UC information on fire recovery that Ken Tate put together:

http://ucanr.edu/sites/postfire/

//ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=18117

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forestry/Wildfire/

http://ucanr.edu/News/Wildfire/

http://www.cafiresci.org/announcements-source/category/postfirerecoveryucanr

http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8446.pdf

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forageloss/files/74150.xls

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forageloss/files/74149.xls

http://ucanr.edu/?impact=997

http://cesutter.ucanr.edu/Fire_Information/

http://ucanr.edu/?blogtag=wildfire&blogasset=60503

http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/files/220420.pdf

http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8386.pdf

//ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=19424

http://calag.ucanr.edu/archive/?article=ca.v007n03p3

http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/files/224720.pdf

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Redwood Complex Fire
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM
Tags: Cattle (10), goats (6), rangeland (5), Sheep (6), Wild Fire (1)

Ecosystem Services Interpretative Signage

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The University of California Cooperative Extension recognized rangelands and their importance in Sonoma County, creating the “Ecosystem Services Interpretative Signage” to increase awareness and knowledge of park visitors, mangers and...

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM
Tags: cattle (10), Grazing (2), Rangelands (1)

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