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USDA Announces Funding for 115 Conservation Projects in 50 States


2015-01-17
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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Kevin Fry
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kfry@asla.org

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