August 9, 2022
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USDA NRCS announces 33 million toward new water quality initiative

USDA announced an initiative Tuesday that focuses on watersheds from 10,000 acres to 40,000 acres in size where Natural Resources Conservation Service feels the agency can make a difference in water quality. In 44 states, there are watersheds in the project area where quality monitoring is under way.

The new national water quality initiative targets 157 watersheds. USDA’s NRCS Chief Dave White says USDA has opened up 33 million dollars in extra funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for the project.


Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA has seen healthy interest in the current Conservation Reserve Program sign-up. But he says with more land coming out of CRP in the next five years, USDA anticipates a farm bill offering flexibility and more funds to provide technical assistance to producer for conservation practices. Vilsack says the EPA has been a willing partner is this new initiative as well.


If producers want more information, Chief White says to go to the NRCS website.


USDA will start taking applications on May 18 and will stop June 15.

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