NRCS Awards $2.2 Million To Berks Conservation District To Install Agricultural Best Management Practices
On April 20, the Berks County Conservation District announced the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service awarded a $2,232,143 Regional Conservation Partnership grant to implement agricultural best management practices.
The Berks County Conservation District will be the lead partner for the Chesapeake Bay RCPP project, and collectively, RCPP partners have also committed an additional $2,294,875.00 in contributions, totaling over $4.5 million toward the implementation of agricultural BMP’s to improve and protect local water quality.
“I’m excited to announce the first RCPP awards under the 2018 Farm Bill,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “Through collaboration and aligning our resources toward a common goal, we’re making an impact for natural resource conservation that could never have been realized on our own.”
In collaboration with the USDA-NRCS, BCCD and project partners will implement Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) or “Whole Farm Approach” including manure handling systems, animal heavy use area protection; establish near stream conservation practices such as riparian buffers, filter strips, and animal exclusion fencing; while providing much needed technical assistance and conservation planning.
RCPP is a partner-driven approach to conservation that funds solutions to natural resource challenges on agricultural land. By leveraging collective resources and collaborating on common goals, RCPP demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships in delivering results for agriculture and conservation.
Visit the Berks County Conservation District website for more information on assistance to farmers and landowners.
[Posted: April 23, 2020]
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