Grant application period for non-lethal animal damage control program opens July 1

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Benton County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2019-2021 biennium budget on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The approved budget includes $45,000 to continue a program to encourage the proactive use of non-lethal animal damage deterrents in an effort to foster the coexistence of agriculture, livestock and wildlife in Benton County.

The Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) funding includes $5,000 for educational outreach and expert consultation services, $35,000 for a merit-based, cost share reimbursement grant program, and $5,000 to mitigate human/beaver conflicts which arise after the grant application deadline.

Agricultural operations in Benton County that wish to prevent conflicts with wildlife may qualify for up to $5,000 in reimbursement grant funds for the purchase of proactive non-lethal wildlife deterrents to protect livestock and crops. Individuals experiencing conflicts with beavers may also qualify for grant funds for the purchase of deterrents to protect trees or prevent flooding.

Grant applications will be available online after July 1, 2019 at co.benton.or.us/awpp. The application period opens July 1, 2019 and closes August 16, 2019. Grants will be awarded September 16, 2019.

Last year, the AWPP awarded $35,363 in reimbursement grant funds to Benton County farms for the purchase of non-lethal animal damage deterrents to prevent conflicts with wildlife. Awards were made based upon the applicant's philosophy of animal damage control and the likely effectiveness of the proposed non-lethal deterrents project plan.

Grant participants used a wide variety of non-lethal wildlife deterrents including livestock guardian animals, electrified fencing, electronic scare devices, and protective housing to protect their crops and livestock. All participants said they recommend the grant program to other farmers.

Learn more about the AWPP, and find information about the grant program at co.benton.or.us/awpp.