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NRCS Teams Up with Indiana State Department of Agriculture to Hold Informational Meetings About New Conservation Partnership Program

Indianapolis, IN – June 6, 2014 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to hold a series of informational meetings throughout the state beginning next week about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding opportunity available in Indiana.

The RCPP will direct Farm Bill conservation program dollars to targeted geographic areas and resource concerns. NRCS and its conservation partners have identified Indiana’s state priorities as water quality, soil quality and at-risk species habitat. Also, the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has designated two critical areas of concern in Indiana, the Great Lakes Region and the Mississippi River Basin area. This designation brings even more federal dollars into Indiana to work on natural resources concerns.

Partner pre-proposals are due July 14th. Full proposals are due by September 26th. NRCS and ISDA will hold meetings for interested groups to review the requirements of the proposals and allow time to answer questions and collaborate with partners on project ideas. Meetings will be held in the following locations:

  • Southeast: June 10, Jennings County Library, 10-3:30
  • Northwest: June 11, Tippecanoe Co. Public Library, 10:30-4
  • Northeast: June 16, Manchester University Science Center, 9-3
  • Southwest: June 17, Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife, 9-3

The Announcement of Program Funding is posted at www.grants.gov, grant number USDA-NRCS-NHQ-RCPP-14-01. For more information about the RCPP, go to: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/in/programs/farmbill/?cid=stelprdb1248173. 

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Contacts:
Jill Reinhart, Assistant State Conservationist, Special Projects, 317.295.5883 (jill.reinhart@in.usda.gov
Roger Kult, Acting Assistant State Conservationist, Programs 317.295.5820 (roger.kult@in.usda.gov)
Rebecca Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317.295.5825 (rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov)