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Applications Being Accepted to Improve the Great Lakes Basin

(Indianapolis, IN) July 24, 2013 – Farmers in the St. Joseph, Upper Maumee, Auglaize and St. Mary’s watersheds may be eligible for a special conservation initiative to help clean up the Great Lakes. Indiana is one of eight states that have received federal funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Indiana will receive over $400,000 to help agricultural producers and landowners who want to improve and protect the waters and resources in the Great Lakes Basin, announced Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Applications to install specific conservation practices through the GLRI are being accepted for priority ranking through August 9, 2013. Indiana landowners can apply at their local USDA NRCS office for funding. NRCS specialists provide farmers with technical assistance to help determine the best conservation practices to improve and protect the resources on their land.

“The GLRI is a multi-agency group working together to improve and protect the waters of the Great Lakes Basin,” said Hardisty. “NRCS is proud to be able to work with farmers and landowners on private lands who are doing their part to improve the resources.”

GLRI focuses on agricultural practices that have the highest benefit for improving water quality, and practices that establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat and assist in controlling invasive species. Examples of these practices include waste storage facilities, residue management no-till, nutrient management, tree planting, wetland creation, upland wildlife management, and brush management, among others.

Interested landowners should contact their local USDA office before August 9, 2013 to apply. For information about GLRI or other NRCS conservation programs, visit http://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/programs, or visit the nearest USDA Service Center in your area. To locate your nearest NRCS office, visit www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/field_offices.html.

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Contacts:
Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, 317.295.5801 (jane.hardisty@in.usda.gov)  
Jill Reinhart, ASTC, Special Projects, 317.295.5883 (jill.reinhart@in.usda.gov)