IID announces stakeholder meetings for pilot farm unit fallowing program



IMPERIAL – Imperial Irrigation District announced a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss a pilot farm unit fallowing program recently approved by the IID Board of Directors. Intended to replace IID’s current fallowing offerings, the new pilot program better aligns with the “farm unit” approach utilized in the district’s Equitable Distribution Plan.

“Water from the program will be used to meet transfer and Salton Sea mitigation requirements outlined in the Quantification Settlement Agreement,” said assistant water manager David Bradshaw. “It may also be used to help the district with payback obligations and create water for IID storage purposes. Anyone interested in learning more about the program and its structure is encouraged to attend one of our public stakeholder meetings.”

Meetings are scheduled as followed:

Monday, April 7
8:30 a.m.
Stockmen’s Club
275 Marjorie Avenue, Brawley

Monday, April 7
1:30 p.m.
Holtville City Hall
121 W. 5th Street, Holtville

Tuesday, April 8
8:30 a.m.
IV Ag Center
485 Business Park Way, Imperial

The rate for this program is currently set at $150 per-acre foot with 80 percent of the proceeds going to the landowner and 20 percent to tenant farmers. Fields selected to participate in the program will be paid to lie fallow from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, during which time no water can be delivered to the contracted field.

Information on the program and application forms are being mailed to landowners and tenants this week. They will also available on the IID website atwww.iid.com/farmunitfallowing.

For further information, please call the fallowing hotline at 1-760-339-9898.