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Conservation Assistance Available to Saginaw Bay-Area Farmers

Brian Buehler

EAST LANSING, April 5, 2018 — Farmers in the Saginaw Bay watershed who submit an application by May 18, 2018, to be considered for the current round of 2018 funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation assistance.

A partnership, including The Nature Conservancy, the Michigan Agri-Business Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wants to help farmers in the Saginaw Bay watershed improve water quality. The Saginaw Bay Regional Conservation Partnership Program will make financial assistance, provided through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program, available to help farmers adopt new conservation practices.

The financial assistance will be used by farmers to implement conservation practices that will reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus entering the Saginaw Bay. Some conservation practices eligible for financial assistance include cover crops, filter strips, no-till and reduced tillage, nutrient management, conservation cover and drainage water management.

Areas eligible for conservation financial assistance include the Cass, Kawkawlin, Pine-Chippewa, Pigeon, Pinnebog, Sebewaing and Shiawassee watersheds. More information including a map of eligible watersheds are posted on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Michigan website at and the Saginaw Bay Regional Conservation Partnership web page.