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NRCS Provides Assistance for Agricultural Producers to Improve Water Quality

Erik Suffridge
(406) 587-6873

Bozeman, Mont., May 29, 2014–USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $550,000 in assistance to Montana farmers and ranchers in the Deep Creek Watershed near Townsend who voluntarily apply conservation measures to their land to improve water quality.

The National Water Quality Initiative provides financial assistance for installing conservation systems that help avoid, trap and control run-off. Conservation practices may include nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring. Practices are not limited; all conservation practices on all land uses are available for consideration for technical and financial assistance.

“This targeted approach provides a way to accelerate voluntary, private lands conservation investments to improve water quality and to focus water quality monitoring and assessment funds where they are most needed,” said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. “When farmers take action in one area, one watershed, it can make a difference. ”

With the help of partners at the local level, NRCS identified priority watersheds within states where on-farm conservation investments will deliver the greatest water quality benefits. State water quality agencies and local partners also provide assistance with additional dollars and planning assistance, along with outreach to farmers and ranchers.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis. Check with the NRCS office in Townsend at 406-266-3146 ext. 103 if you would like more information.