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Posted: Friday, 30 May 2014 2:40PM

USDA, Stabenow Unveil Regional Conservation Partnership Program



Farm and conservation groups are being encouraged to team up with businesses, non-profits, universities and government entities for clean water projects in the Great Lakes over the next five years. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is part of the 2014 Farm Bill and was unveiled in Bay City this week by Michigan's junior U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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USDA has $400 million available for projects this year, and $1.2 billion over the next five years.

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Stabenow called it an "historic announcement" that will have a lasting impact on the health of the Great Lakes. The project has the backing of Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company, as vice president Diane Holdorf says the regional approach to improving soil and water resources will:

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The Great Lakes region is one of eight "Critical Conservation Areas" selected for the program's implementation this year.

Photo of Senator Stabenow and Secretary Vilsack in Bay City courtesy USDA

   

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