The Special Projects Coordinator works on a variety of projects as needed by the
department. The crop report, Planning Department projects/CEQA issues, and disaster
designation investigations are standing assignments.
Imperial County Agricultural and Livestock Report
Our department is mandated by the California Food and Agricultural Code to compile
agricultural data and statistics. These statistics are not only used
to create the Imperial County Agricultural and Livestock report, but also compiled
into state and national reports, and used in calculations related to disaster
Industry participation is critical in producing accurate information.
The more data provided by the industry, the better. We have prepared forms by crop
category and would greatly appreciate the completion and return of the surveys.
Additionally, if you are contacted, your participation in providing accurate
information is crucial for reporting the accurate value of our county's
We work closely with Imperial County Planning and Development Services on California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues. We review and comment on proposed projects per
CEQA requirements, and are a member of the Environmental Evaluation Committee. Some projects
are required to include a Pest Management Plan in order to protect nearby agriculture
from pests; we review and approve the Plan, then monitor for compliance.
When significant crop losses are caused by inclement weather, earthquakes, or other
events our office is responsible for compiling data and evidence on the losses. If minimum
thresholds of loss are met, forms are completed and submitted to USDA for their determination.
A USDA disaster designation may qualify local growers for low interest loans or other federal
financial assistance depending on the commodity and other factors.
In the event of crop losses due to an external event, please contact our office, as we may
not be aware of the event or the crop losses, and we will need to collect data on the
losses to report to USDA. The types of events that may trigger an investigation are frost,
flood, hail, wind, earthquakes, etc. Drought events are Fast Tracked through USDA and don't require county investigations.
Here are some examples of USDA assistance programs:
livestock programs offer a payout up to 75% of fair market value for livestock mortality
(in excess of normal) as a result of extreme weather, some diseases, some hardship due to weather
events, or predation by animals released into the wild by the Federal Government.
Assistance Program offers a percentage payout toward the cost of replanting and
requires a 15% loss of a stand due to weather or disease.
Each of these programs has specific exclusions and exemptions. Interested parties should follow the
links to the USDA Disaster Assistance pages for more information.