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NRCS Announces Conservation Funding for Clinton, Centre and Lycoming Producers

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2017 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging producers in Clinton, Centre and Lycoming Counties to apply for funding to install innovative conservation practices that will help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

Under a special initiative through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnerships Program (RCPP), NRCS is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to assist farmers with establishing practices to improve soil health, reduce erosion and nutrient loss, and control storm water runoff to local streams draining into the Chesapeake Bay.

Examples of management practices include continuous no-till planting, diverse crop rotations, integrating grazing with crops, planting multi species cover crops, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). These will help to promote soil organisms and biodiversity. Many of these practices improve plant productivity by improving access to soil nutrients, reducing demands for supplemental fertilizer, increasing soil water holding capacity, and protecting from drought and high-volume rain events.

This initiative will focus on 4,000 acres enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Additional resource concerns on these farms will be addressed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Producers interested in applying should contact their local USDA NRCS Service Center, listed below. Although applications will be accepted until funds are depleted, applications for the first round of ranking are due August 4, 2017.

Centre and Clinton Counties-    Lycoming County-

Mill Hall NRCS Field Office
216 Spring Run Road, Room 102 
Mill Hall, PA 17751-9587
570-726-3196, ext. 3

Montoursville NRCS Field Office
542 County Farm Road, Suite 204
Montoursville, PA 17754-9209
570-433-3902, ext. 3