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NRCS Announces Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Funding Available for 2010

July 22, 2010

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Jennifer Heglund, Assistant State Conservationist, 701-530-2095

BISMARCK - North Dakota NRCS State Conservationist Paul Sweeney announced today that $100,000 in funding has been made available for the Red River Valley through the 2010 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). The CCPI is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of certain conservation programs with resources of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

�hrough the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, NRCS enters into partnership agreements with eligible entities that want to enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands,�said Sweeney. �ltimately, this agreement between the NRCS and the Red River Valley CCPI will stimulate natural resource conservation in an area that is vital to national and world-wide crop production.�

The funding made available through the CCPI will help the partnership of Soil Conservation Districts in Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, Traill, Cass, and Richland Counties identify and address resource concerns related to wind and water erosion, water quality, and soil salinization.

Through the CCPI program, eligible partners enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to improve conservation outcomes on their lands. Farmers and ranchers can use financial and technical assistance through the CCPI to address conservation priorities; meet federal, state and local regulatory requirements related to production; cooperate to install and maintain conservation practices; and develop and demonstrate innovative conservation practices and delivery methods.

North Dakota farmers and ranchers are eligible to sign-up for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative at their local NRCS Service Center until August 5, 2010.

For additional information about the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, please visit the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Website.

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