Monday, March 27, 2017

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USDA expanding Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said it will expand participation opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through new practices that will protect water quality and the addition of 1.1 million acres.
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$33 million in USDA funds aimed at improving water quality

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it recently invested $33 million in nearly 200 watersheds throughout the country, which will allow farmers in those areas to promote local water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).
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$331 million to fund 85 rural water infrastructure projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded $331 million in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in 39 states and American Samoa.
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USDA awards $44.6 million for wetlands protection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded $44.6 million to wetland enhancement projects in 12 states, which collectively cover approximately 15,000 acres of in critical watersheds, through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP).
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USDA to invest $103 million in natural disaster recovery, rehabilitation

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that it will invest up to $103 million in the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, which will partially go towards recovery and rehabilitation of aging dams.
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USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program promoting water quality in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently highlighted how its Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can help farmers protect water quality, using the example of a Puerto Rican farmer enrolled in the program for 17 years.
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USDA announces second round of Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will take on 84 conservation projects ranging from water quality and soil health improvement to drought resistance and agricultural viability with $720 million in funding.
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Three new national monuments designated in California

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently applauded President Barack Obama’s designation of three new national monuments in California: the Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument.
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USDA conservation partnership removes two waterways from Arkansas impaired waters list

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that two of the 10 segments of the Illinois River on Arkansas’ impaired waters list have been removed due to conservation partnership efforts that have reduced their turbidity, or haziness.
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USDA releases report to help land managers operate in drought conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hubs recently released informational tools for land managers to better understand the impact of drought conditions upon forests and rangelands and how they can adapt to them.
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USDA renews Agriculture Air Quality Task Force for 2016-2018 term

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently renewed its Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, which promotes research, finds cost-effective air quality improvement methods and coordinates efforts with other USDA and federal agencies.
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USDA establishes Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, which will provide $9 million in funding toward the restoration, creation and enhancement of wetland ecosystems throughout the country.
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Navy, USDA launch Great Green Fleet with deployment of ships running on alternative fuel

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently launched the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG), part of the Great Green Fleet, at California’s Naval Air Station North Island.
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USDA funds energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives in rural Vermont with $46 million loan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) a $46 million loan to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use in the state’s rural areas.
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USDA announces investments in Iowa agricultural conservation

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new suite of initiatives to boost agriculture and land and soil conservation in Iowa, promising consistent additions to the $2.2 billion spent by the USDA within the state since 2009.
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USDA to provide $70 million loan for biorefinery in Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conditionally committed to a $70-million loan guarantee for a cellulosic biorefinery in Dooly County, which would produce up to 20 million gallons of renewable fuel each year.
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USDA invests $8 million in Ogallala Aquifer initiative

The funds will be used to aid the drought-afflicted aquifer that serves eight states.
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Mississippi River Basin receives $30 million for water conservation systems

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the investment through its Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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USDA announces $314 million in funding for rural water and wastewater projects

The funds announced on Monday bring the total amount of USDA funding for rural water and wastewater services to $12.3 billion.
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USDA announces Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership states

The 21 states will receive a total of $100 million to double the number of renewable fuel pumps in the nation.
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