FID Mission Statement
Farmers Irrigation District strives to promote ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable agriculture by providing energy and irrigation service for the common good.
The District Today
Farmers Irrigation District is located in Hood River, Oregon, in the beautiful, culturally rich Columbia River Gorge. It is a nonprofit government agency founded in 1874. Water is provided to over 5,800 acres of land, both residential and agricultural. The Hood River Valley produces large quantities of high value pears, apples, cherries, and wine grapes
04-10-16 - Upcoming Irrigation Season - April 15th through September 30th
Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) allows the Hood River Basin irrigation season to begin April 15th and end September 30th. FID is not allowed to deliver water for irrigation purposes outside of that date range. In early April, District irrigation crews assess moisture levels throughout the District to estimate when specific area soils and crops will most likely require water. The irrigation system is then charged accordingly, and in response to grower demand.
01-26-16 - EPA Produces Promotional Video Featuring FID
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) has been providing loans to convert open, earthen irrigation ditches to a pressurized and piped system in the Farmers Irrigation District (FID) for the past several years. Read more...
12-16-15 - Jer Camarata and FID Board Announce New Manager
Click here to read full article.
12-05-15 - Renewable Energy Projects May Be Impacted by Electric Utility Companies
Oregon Rep Mark Johnson, R-District 52, held an energy forum in Hood River in September 2015. Big electric utility companies want to change the rules regarding small renewable energy projects, which could impact the Farmers Irrigation District. Click here to read the full article.
11-16-15 - FID and Partners Celebrate Successful Event
On October 20, 2015 the Farmers Irrigation District celebrated their new 3-megawatt turbine and generator set that replaced two older units. Click here to watch a short video of the announcement and presentation.
06-05-15 - Funding Available to Help Oregon Landowners Mitigate Effects of Drought
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon announces up to $2.5 million in funding available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to mitigate the effects of drought in counties that have secured drought declarations from the Governor's Office. Click here to download full article (PDF).
05-18-15 - Irrigation Strategies for Established and New Orchards Read more...
02-12-15 - FID Hydro Equipment For Sale
The Farmers Irrigation District has announced two Francis style turbine generators for sale. Please click here to download the For Sale Flyer. Serious inquiries only.
05-20-14 - Interested in Hydropower?
Click here to read In-Conduit Hydro Opportunities in Existing Water Systems.