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USDA announces second round of funding for Michigan conservation projects

LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a second opportunity for producers to receive conservation financial assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Farmers and non-industrial forest owners have until May 21 to apply for the current round of funding.

Conservation assistance is available for implementing designated conservation practices such as filter strips, wildlife habitat planting, prescribed grazing, nutrient management, tree and shrub planting, and forest stand improvement among others. Each Regional Conservation Partnership Program project has designated conservation practices eligible for financial assistance depending on the project’s natural resource priorities.

Project areas eligible for the current selection period include the Huron River Initiative (includes portions of Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw counties), Lower Grand River Watershed Habitat Restoration (includes portions of Kent and Newaygo counites and smaller portions of Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties), and Maple Watershed Fish Habitat Improvement (includes portions of Clinton, Gratiot, Ionia, Montcalm and Shiawassee counties) projects.

Producers wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other USDA Service Center agency should call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. Producers can also apply online using the farmers.gov portal.

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