County non-lethal animal damage control program accepting grant applications

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Agricultural operations experiencing issues 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. This merit-based, cost share, reimbursement grant program is funded through the Benton County Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP), which provides educational outreach and expert consultation services for the proactive use of non-lethal animal damage deterrents in an effort to foster the coexistence of agriculture, livestock and wildlife in Benton County. 

Grant applications will be available online at co.benton.or.us/awpp. The application period closes July 31, 2020. Grants will be awarded September 1, 2020.

In 2019, the AWPP awarded $31,752 in reimbursement grant funds to Benton County farms for the purchase of wildlife-friendly 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.

Past grant recipients have used a wide variety of non-lethal wildlife deterrents including electrified fencing, electronic scare devices, and protective housing to protect their crops and livestock. Individuals experiencing damages caused by beavers may also qualify for grant funds for the purchase of deterrents to protect trees or prevent flooding. 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

Application materials can be found below.