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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2011

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2011

Subject:

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Projects Designed to Improve Natural Resources on Agricultural Operations in 11 States

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USDA
Release No. 0235.11
Contact:
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
 
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Projects Designed to Improve
Natural Resources on Agricultural Operations in 11 States

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2011-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today
announced that $7 million will be available to eligible farmers,
ranchers and private non-industrial forest landowners in 11 states to
implement conservation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial
private forest lands through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership
Initiative (CCPI). CCPI helps producers create natural resource benefits
such as clean air, clean water, productive soils, and abundant wildlife
on their operations.

"CCPI's unique partnership allows USDA to use the resources and
capabilities of non-federal partners as well as its own technical and
financial resources to implement conservation on working farms, ranches,
and forest lands," Vilsack said.

USDA will fund 31 proposals in the 11 states through CCPI, which is
administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
USDA offers financial assistance through three existing programs-the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation
Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
(WHIP)-to leverage additional services and resources from non-federal
partners. States with approved proposals this fiscal year are Arizona,
California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York,
Oregon, Virginia and Washington.

Below are brief descriptions of selected examples of the most recently
approved projects. For a complete list of approved projects, go to
www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi/ccpi2011.html .

Lower Feather River/Honcut Creek Watershed Action Plan (California) -
$500,000 to help producers implement proven conservation practices that
will maximize water savings and reduce offsite runoff of pesticides,
water-borne sediment, and nutrients that can impair water quality.
Primary Sponsor: Butte County Resource Conservation District.

The Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Conservation Project (California and
Oregon) - $446,000 to provide financial benefits to producers who
install conservation practices that protect, enhance and restore
declining oak habitats. Primary Sponsor: Lomakatsi Restoration Project.

Forest Management Promotion in the Shawnee Hills and Highland Rim
Eco-Regions (Indiana) - $300,000 to promote forest management and
conservation within the Shawnee Hills and Highland Rim Eco-Regions by
focusing conservation practices on private forestlands within the
Hoosier National Forest Purchase Boundaries. Primary Sponsor: Indiana
Department of Natural Resources.

State of Maryland Cover Crop Program (Maryland) - $300,000 to help
agricultural producers with costs associated with establishing cover
crops for nutrient uptake and overall soil health. Primary Sponsor:
Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District.

Construction of Terraces, Water and Sediment Control Basins and
Underground Tile Outlets and the Establishment of Cover Crops (Missouri)
- $360,000 to help landowners construct terraces, water and sediment
control basins and underground tile outlets and establish cover crops to
reduce sheet, rill and gully erosion. Primary Sponsor: Holt County Soil
and Water Conservation District.

Targeting Medusahead in Prime Sage-Grouse Habitat (Oregon) - $300,000 to
treat degraded rangeland sites destroyed by the invasion of Medusahead
Rye. Primary Sponsor: Keating Soil and Water Conservation District.

New River Grazing Management Initiative (Virginia) - $999,020 to improve
training and /or management practice assistance for producers managing
grazing land. Primary Sponsor: New River-Highlands Resource Conservation
and Development Council.

Methow Basin Flow Enhancement Project (Washington State) - $162,000 to
increase irrigation efficiency by helping irrigators to upgrade their
handline systems to pivot systems. Primary Sponsor: Washington Water
Project of Trout Unlimited.

Individual farmers, ranchers and private landowners located in approved
project areas may now apply through their local NRCS office to find out
whether they are eligible for financial and technical assistance. They
can use that assistance to address conservation priorities; meet
federal, state, and local regulatory requirements related to production;
cooperate to install and maintain conservation practices; and develop
and demonstrate innovative conservation practices and delivery methods.

Conservation partners submitted proposals for projects to help enhance
conservation outcomes on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest
lands. Eligible entities included federally recognized Indian tribes,
state and local units of government, producer associations, farmer
cooperatives, higher education institutions, and nongovernmental
organizations with a history of working cooperatively with producers.
Partner proposals were selected competitively based on previously
identified criteria. Potential partners were not required to provide
matching funding but increased their chance of selection by providing
financial, technical, or other resources.

Additional information about CCPI is available at
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi/index.html or a local USDA NRCS
office.

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complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil
Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call
(800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

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