With the assistance of cost-sharing programs through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Livingston almond grower Jesse Mota has gradually converted his 35-acre family farm into a state-of-the-art orchard employing the latest conservation practices. Mota acknowledged that he and his wife, Kathy, were on a steep learning curve when they purchased the land from her mother in 2004, and embarked on their first farming venture growing almonds. “We were starting from scratch and had to take baby steps,” Kathy said. “And now we are getting our babies involved, and they are taking steps to help work the farm,” she said of her two children, Mikalya and Jose.
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