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Funding Available to Help Delmarva Farmers Increase Conservation

Annapolis, Md., May 20, 2019 –Funding is now available in Maryland for private landowners located in the Blackwater, Choptank, Nanticoke, Pocomoke and Wicomico watersheds to conserve and protect their land as part of the Delmarva Whole System Conservation Partnership - Field to Stream project. Producers that are interested in implementing practices that will improve water quality with practices such as advanced nutrient management, gypsum amendments, and bioreactors are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to apply by June 21, 2019.

Offered through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), funding is available to help farmers use practices that ensure the right amount, right source, right placement, and right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality and for practices that enhance native habitats.

The Delmarva Whole System Conservation Partnership - Field to Stream project is a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Delaware Maryland Agribusiness Association (DMAA).  Now in its fourth year, the project is working to increase the implementation of advanced nutrient management practices and restoration of wetlands to reduce excess nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay.  The project also uses science-based targeting of these practices to increase their effectiveness.  

Interested producers must submit an application on or before June 21, 2019. Applications are available at your local USDA Service Center and at www.md.nrcs.usda.gov. Locations are listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the phone book under Federal Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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