USDA Announces Funding for 115 Conservation Projects in 50 States

Farm Bill Initiative Marks New Era for Conservation Efforts

This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 115 high-impact projects across the United States and Puerto Rico will be awarded over $370 million in Federal funding as part of the newUSDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).These projects are estimated to leverage over $400 million in additional funding from partner contributions, totaling nearly $800 million, to improve the nation's water quality, support wildlife habitat, and enhance the environment.

RCCP funds are awarded on a competitive basis to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. With participating partners investing along with the Department, USDA's $1.2 billion in funding over the life of the five-year Farm Bill program can leverage an additional $2.4 billion for conservation. Conservation work includes building and maintaining infrastructure, such as building terraces in fields or restoring wetlands.

A complete list of the projects and their descriptions is available on the
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) website.


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