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NRCS Offers Workshops for New Partnership Program

Contact:
Gina Kerzman, Public Affairs Officer
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Spokane, Wash. (June 18, 2014) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be offering five separate workshops to provide information to partners on how to submit proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Pre-proposals are due to Washington, DC by July 14, 2014.  NRCS staff will be on hand to discuss the proposal process and answer specific questions.

RCPP is a new Farm Bill 2014 program that will competitively award funds to natural resource conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. Eligible partners include agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education who will join with agricultural and conservation producers to invest money, manpower and materials to their proposed initiatives.

Through RCPP, partners propose conservation projects to improve soil health, water quality and water use efficiency, wildlife habitat, and other related natural resources on private lands.

Workshops will take place on the following dates and at locations across the state:

Monday, June 23, 1:00-4:00 pm
USDA Service Center
1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Wednesday, June 25, 9:00 am-Noon
USDA Service Center (first floor conference room)
2021 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Thursday, June 26, 9:00 am-Noon
USDA Agricultural Research Service
5230 Konnowac Pass Rd
Wapato, WA 98951

Friday, June 27, 9:00 am-Noon
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (State Office)
316 W. Boone Ave, Suite 450 (4th floor conference room)
Spokane, WA 99208

Wednesday, July 2, 1:00-4:00 pm
US Forest Service Building
215 Melody Ln
Wenatchee, WA  98801

A final conference call/webinar will take place on Monday, July 7, 1:00-2:00 pm to discuss required letters of support. Information regarding this webinar will be provided at the workshops and will be posted on the Washington NRCS website in the near future.

Additional information regarding RCPP can be found on the Washington NRCS website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/wa/home/

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