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May 28, 2014

USDA seeks outside help in protecting soil, water

  • Universities, local and tribal governments, companies and sporting groups are among those eligible to devise plans and seek grants.
  • By JOHN FLESHER
    AP Environmental Writer

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

    Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture.


     
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