Oklahoma farmers and ranchers looking for help with water for livestock now have additional options available to them thanks to the decision by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (Commission) to make more money available through the state wide Conservation Cost-Share Program, a move praised by Joe Parker, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).

“The conservation districts of Oklahoma are very supportive of this move by the Conservation Commission,” Parker said. “The weight of this drought continues to press down on Oklahoma Agriculture.  Any help we can provide in this time of need should be priority one.”

On Thursday, September 1, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission took action to make available over $1.1 million for additional conservation work through the state wide cost-share program.  This move by the Commission expedited the expenditure of these funds to make them available to agriculture producers attempting to cope with the record drought.  The dollars in the program can be used for various conservation activities including pond construction, well drilling and connection of pasture tap hydrants to water systems.

According to OACD’s Executive Director Clay Pope, producers should contact their local conservation district to check on the availability of funding in their area.

“Our local district boards will be prioritizing the use of these funds and working to make dollars available to producers as quickly as possible,” Pope said. “We would encourage anyone interested in these funds to be visiting with their local conservation district office and their local board members.  We are glad these resources are available and we want to do all we can to help.”