Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has approved $300,000 in drought cost-share funds to help Tillman, Harmon, Jackson, Greer, and Texas counties as they suffer through extreme-to-exceptional drought. The assistance package was recommended by the Emergency Drought Commission.
“I am pleased to approve funding for the conservation districts in the designated drought counties to provide assistance to our ag producers whose operations have been devastated over the past two and a half years by the severe drought,” said Governor Fallin.
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The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) worked with conservation districts in the five affected counties to determine the amount of cost-share funds needed by landowners and cooperators to provide water for livestock producers and restore pasture and range land. The Conservation Commission’s request was approved by the Emergency Drought Commission on November 8, 2013.
While the drought relief funds will be managed by OCC and conservation districts the same way as the statewide conservation cost-share program, the $1.3 million OCC approved for that program in September are separate from the drought relief funds, which will be used specifically for implementing drought relief measures in the five counties.
The Emergency Drought Commission is comprised of Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Reese; the executive director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Mike Thralls; and the executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resource Board, J.D. Strong.