30 March 2022 Post-Election Update

Thank you to the hundreds of Klamath Irrigation District patrons who allowed their voices to be heard yesterday, 29 March. The Directors of the District will canvas the votes at 8am on Monday, 4 April 2022. Election results are not official until the Directors complete their duties as outlined in Oregon Revised Statute 545.149.

AG in the Basin Photovoice Project

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Using an exciting, hands-on research method called photovoice, we want to show the world what it looks like to farm and ranch in the Klamath Basin.

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Adults and children 7+ are invited to participate

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Klamath Water Users Association March Newsletter

During the week of April 4, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will issue its 2022 Operations Plan for the Klamath Project. The Operations Plan prescribes volumes of water that Reclamation determines will be available for irrigation and wildlife refuges and Klamath River flows during the “spring-summer” period, which ends on September 30, 2022.

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Public Notices

Klamath County Planning Department

Public Hearing Notice for a hearing on 26 April 2022 at 6p.m. at the Klamath County Government Center, 305 Main Street, Room 219 relating to a change of a land use near the A Canal and north of Kiger Stadium from residential to industrial.

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Klamath County Launches Domestic Well Grant Program

Klamath County has received 4 million dollars from the State through Senate Bill 5561 (2021 2nd Special Session). Those funds are provided to the County to assist Klamath County residents facing domestic well challenges resulting from the drought and will need to be expended by June of 2023.

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners will award grants to provide financial assistance to the owners of domestic wells located within Klamath County who experienced challenges with their well or wells due to the 2021 drought. 

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Landowners in the Lost River Area

The Klamath Watershed Partnership (KWP) has been awarded a grant from the Fremont-Winema National Forest for Weed Eradication in the Lost River Area. Through this grant, landowners will be given an opportunity to partner with the KWP on a cost/share program to treat their noxious weeds. KWP will provide the labor and equipment for application through the Klamath County Weed Program, and landowners will contribute the cost of the herbicides applied to their property. Monitoring and evaluation will be conducted by KWP in cooperation with landowners, which will involve pre and post photo sites and vegetation surveys

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Pacific Power Seeks Huge Rate Increases for Irrigation Pumping

Through two March 1 filings at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), Pacific Power, the electric utility in the Klamath Basin and the Oregon “dba” of PacifiCorp, proposed extremely large increases in electric power rates for all its customers in Oregon, beginning January 1, 2023. The proposed increase for irrigation pumping is 18.7 percent.

News Stories Recently Shared with KID

Biden Says to Expect ‘Real’ Food Shortages Due to Ukraine War

ByJosh Wingrove

March 24, 2022, 10:53 AM PDT

Biden said that at the G-7 summit in Brussels earlier that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both discussed increasing their nation’s agricultural production to try to make up for shortfalls.

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Northwest processors buy potatoes from Maine

By BRAD CARLSON Capital Press Mar 28, 2022

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Demand for grass seed booms, but growers face mounting challenges


Bryan Ostlund, administrator of several Oregon commodity commissions, said seed growers are worried about rising costs for just about every input.

"Things have rapidly changed," said Ostlund. "These are significant increases we're seeing."

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What's in Biden's proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for ag?


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President Proposes $1.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 for Bureau of Reclamation

  • $34.8 million for the Klamath Project (OR, CA), including funds for studies and initiatives related to improving water supplies and addressing competing demands for agricultural, tribal, wildlife and environmental needs.
  • $27.4 million for the Site Security Program which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.

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Fertilizer Prices Surge as Ukraine War Cuts Supply, Leaving Farmers Shocked

By Jon Emont in Singapore and Silvina Frydlewsky in Buenos Aires

March 24, 2022 5:33 am ET

Commodity prices are hot right now. But the prices investors are paying in the open market for commodities such as coffee, copper or corn can have little to do with the prices customers pay at the store. WSJ’s Dion Rabouin explains. Illustration: Adele Morgan

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Potato Council opposes resumption of PEI fresh-potato exports to U.S.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on March 24 announced that Canada is expected to soon resume exporting Prince Edward Island table-stock potatoes into the contiguous U.S.

The National Potato Council said it is "dismayed" USDA is allowing the shipments before completing soil tests for the destructive potato wart disease.re.

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Western Juniper shows promise as livestock feed

By BRAD CARLSON Capital Press

BOISE — Western Juniper trees spreading across rangeland could be turned into a livestock feed ingredient, nutritionist Travis Whitney told the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee on March 17.

“It is tremendously intriguing,” said committee Chairman Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, a farmer.

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Bureau of Reclamation talks lake levels and water partitioning ahead of April announcement

Last year was the first year that saw the A Canal, which irrigates some 130,000 acres of farmland, completely shut down and this year is not looking much better. When asked why the bureau did not provide an official answer to farmers sooner rather than later, Person noted that the bureau does give updates about the hydrology of the basin and the lake's levels to farmers once a month starting in February so that they can plan adequately.

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Fifth county in Oregon declares drought emergency

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Jackson County commissioners made the drought declaration on Wednesday. It follows declarations by Klamath, Jefferson, Morrow and Crook Counties earlier this month.

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