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Conservation Assistance Available to Ag Producers in Centre, Clinton, and Lycoming Counties

Molly Hippensteel

HARRISSBURG, Jan. 30, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help agricultural producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, and achieve other environmental benefits in Centre, Clinton and Lycoming Counties in Pennsylvania.

Through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnerships Program (RCPP), NRCS is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to assist farmers establish conservation practices to improve soil health, reduce erosion and nutrient loss, and control storm water runoff to local streams draining into the Chesapeake Bay through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) programs.

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for CSP. Through CSP, NRCS helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. 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. Funding is also available through EQIP to address resource concerns on these farms. Agricultural producers can also apply for the agency’s EQIP program and interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center for sign-up information.

While applications for CSP are accepted year-round, applications must be received by February 16, 2018 to be considered for this funding period and will be accepted until funds are depleted. Producers interested in applying should contact their local USDA NRCS Service Center, listed below.

Centre and Clinton Counties Lycoming County
Mill Hall NRCS Field Office Mountoursville NRCS Field Office
216 Spring Run Road, Room 102 542 County Farm Road, Suite 204
Mill Hall, PA 17751-9587 Mountoursville, PA 17754-9209
(570)726-3196, ext. 3 (570)433-3902, ext. 3