County Grants $31,000 for Non-Lethal Crop and Livestock Protection

If your business is crops or livestock in our fair neck of the woods, Benton County may have some grant money for you.

To those that qualify, the Agricultural and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) offers up to $5,000 in reimbursement grant funds for agricultural operators in the county that wish to purchase proactive, non-lethal wildlife deterrents to protect their livestock and crops.

Nine Grants Made, More Still Available

Over $31,000 has already been awarded to nine Benton County farms. The grant applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of County staff, two at-large citizen members, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife representative, and a Chintimini Wildlife Center representative. OSU Extension served in an advisory capacity.

In a release, the County reports the AWPP grant program is in its second cycle. They also report that this  year’s grantees proposed a variety of non-lethal deterrent projects, including upgraded fencing and construction of small barns and structures to enclose livestock at night.

Grant funds are still available for operators who are concerned about conflicts with beavers. Information about the AWPP, grant program and upcoming events can be found at co.benton.or.us/awpp.

By Andy Thompson