Cost Saving Opportunities for San Diego Farmers

Farming has never been easy, and it is certainly not easy right now.  The rising cost of water, energy, labor, more stringent state regulations, foreign competition, and fluctuating markets, challenge our growers every day.

Through joint efforts with the Mission Resources Conservation District (MRCD) and US Department of Agriculture – National Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) is pleased to offer our growers opportunities to reduce water and energy costs:

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Up to $1.5 million in direct and in-kind funding from the USDA-NRCS and the San Diego region’s water agencies (including RMWD) is available to assist implementation of on-farm soil and water use efficiency/management practices and equipment.  The process starts with a free Irrigation Efficiency Evaluation by MRCD; qualifying growers may then apply for financial assistance to implement water use efficiency practices from the USDA-NRCS.

For information on these programs –contact Lance Andersen, Agricultural Program Director with MRCD at (760) 728-1332 or by email at (redacted).  Lance will take the time to help you understand the program and determine what is best for you.