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.
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 declarations.
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 agricultural industry.
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:
The Emergency Loan Program offers loans to affected farmers. This program requires a 30% loss of:
Various 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.
The Tree 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.
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El Centro, CA 92243
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Brawley, CA 92227
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Winterhaven, CA 92283
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