Cost share funding to install irrigation system monitoring equipment and irrigation systems is now available through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Monitoring equipment, typically used with a center pivot or subsurface drip irrigation system, allows monitoring data to be transmitted by telemetry to smart phones, tablets, or other handheld devices. This can help determine if irrigation systems are operating at peak efficiency which results in water and energy savings for producers. To apply for this funding, contact your local NRCS office.
Applications for high and medium priority projects are being accepted through September 14, 2018.
High Priority projects include structures for water control (flow meters and chemigation valves) and irrigation water management (soil moisture sensors and irrigation system monitoring).
Medium Priority projects are all other practices utilized to address water quality and quantity, including irrigation pipeline, microirrigation (subsurface drip), and sprinkler irrigation systems.