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USDA Seeks Applicants for Conservation Study

Brian Buehler, Public Affairs Specialist
(517) 324-5244

EAST LANSING, May 14, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for farmers to participate in an initiative to monitor the effectiveness of conservation practices at improving water quality. Farmers in three Michigan watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative until June 14, 2013.

The Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Initiative is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Farmers in the Hayworth Creek, Kearsley-Swartz and Mid-Shiawassee River watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative. The watersheds are located primarily in Clinton, Genesee, Oakland and Shiawassee counties with a small portion in Lapeer County.

Applications for the program will be ranked competitively on a nation-wide basis. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance to monitor water runoff from enrolled land. The information gathered will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices, such as cover crops and filter strips, at reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients entering surface water.

For more information about the initiative and how to apply for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, contact a local field office or go online to

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.