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Financial Assistance Helps Ag Producers Improve Water Quality

Contact:
Chakesha Harvey
352-338-3425


Application Deadline is June 30

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 22, 2020 – Agricultural producers in select watersheds can apply for financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) until June 30 to improve water quality in coastal waters.  

The Lower Suwannee watersheds are Long Pond and Long Pond Slough in Levy County and Manatee Springs in Levy and Dixie counties.  If landowners show interest, NRCS proposes funding applications from the Cedar Branch watershed in Levy and Dixie counties and North Old Town Hammock watershed in Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

The watersheds in Pensacola Bay and Escambia River are Sandy Hollow-Pine Barren Creek in Escambia County and Moore Creek in Santa Rosa County. 

The goal is to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff by helping farmers and ranchers use conservation practices to improve water quality, such as improving fertilizer application, planting cover crops, fencing cattle out of streams, and planting grass filter strips.

Applicants must have control of land and follow the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions. In Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties contact District Conservationist Amy Smith, 352-262-0297; in Escambia County contact District Conservationist Josh McElhaney, 850-840-9083; and in Santa Rosa County contact District Conservationist Trent Mathews, 850-675-6696.Ag producers in the following watersheds can apply for assistance: Sandy Hollow-Pine Barren Creek in Escambia County and Moore Creek in Santa Rosa County.

The Lower Suwannee watersheds are Long Pond and Long Pond Slough in Levy County and Manatee Springs in Levy and Dixie counties.  If landowners show interest, NRCS proposes funding applications from the Cedar Branch watershed in Levy and Dixie counties and North Old Town Hammock watershed in Gilchris