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
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
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