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USDA Awards $715,000 to Sussex Conservation District for Increased Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay

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United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904
 
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Sally Kepfer, 302-678-4182
Dastina Johnson, 302-678-4179

USDA Awards $715,000 to Sussex Conservation District for Increased Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay

DOVER, Del., June 20, 2011 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Delaware recently awarded $715,000 to the Sussex Conservation District (SCD) through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) to help farmers increase conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

“This cooperative effort is a concrete step forward in coordinating and leveraging funds and resources to help farmers improve natural resources within the Bay Watershed,” said Russell Morgan, Delaware NRCS State Conservationist. 

Sussex Conservation District will use the federal funds to assist Delaware poultry producers in the implementation of select best management practices that are fundamental to improving air quality, soil conditions, soil erosion and water quality.  SCD is offering a sign-up period for interested producers until June 30, 2011.  Producers interested in installing the following conservation practices may be eligible for financial assistance: manure storage buildings, heavy use area poultry pads, composters, poultry windbreaks and more. 

The initiative is targeted to Chesapeake Bay Watershed operations in Sussex County within Congressional District 1. Last year, SCD received $450,000 for a similar CCPI proposal. Delaware obligated 14 contracts for $472,000 and requested additional money to further their effort.

Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CCPI helps farmers on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands achieve natural resource benefits.  Delaware’s CCPI works through the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to leverage additional services and resources from non-federal partners. 

Interested producers should contact the Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-3990.  More information about CCPI can be found at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi/ and www.de.nrcs.usda.gov.

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