USDA has awarded more than 4.5-million dollars in funding to conservation districts across the country to implement conservation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative. Also, over 10-million dollars will be provided for financial and technical assistance to producers in 13 states. Conservation districts from seven of those states received funds, including California, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Fifteen of the 38 selected proposals will directly support the work of conservation districts. Gene Schmidt, President of the National Association of Conservation Districts says, – the fact districts were awarded a significant portion of these funds demonstrates their proven track-record of success when it comes to working with local landowner customers to enhance clean air, water, soils and wildlife habitat in their communities.
Qualified farmers, ranchers and private landowners located in a project area may now apply for one of three programs, which may be approved for assistance by the NRCS. These programs – the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program – will help leverage additional services and resources from non-federal partners.
NAFB News Service