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USDA Announces Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

NRCS Media Advisory-US Department of Agriculture-3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250, East Lansing, Michigan-Phone 517/324-5270,




EAST LANSING, March 14, 2013 – Farmers in 21 Michigan counties are eligible for financial assistance to help reduce greenhouse gases by planting cover crops and implementing new nutrient management practices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $450,000 in conservation funding available for the greenhouse gas initiative in Michigan. Farmers in eligible counties can apply for the financial assistance that will pay a portion of the cost for planting cover crops and adopting nutrient management practices. Farmers must submit an application at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office by April 15 to be considered for funding.

Counties eligible for USDA Greenhouse Gas Initiative funding include Barry, Bay, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Montcalm, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Joseph, Tuscola and Van Buren. Successful applicants will receive a defined payment after the conservation practice is implemented.

For more information about USDA Greenhouse Gas conservation assistance is available at local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offices or online at A list of NRCS offices in Michigan is posted online at Offices.html.

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.