On Monday, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Delaware announced that $715,000 will be available to farmers within Congressional District One of the Sussex Conservation District to help increase conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The catch is that producers have only until June 30 to sign up.
The funds come from USDA's Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative. The financial assistance is available for manure storage buildings, heavy-use poultry pads, composters, poultry windbreaks and more. The goal is to help poultry producers put in place best management practices fundamental to improving air quality, soil conditions, soil erosion and water quality.
"This cooperative effort is a concrete step forward in coordinating and leveraging funds and resources to help farmers improve natural resources within the Bay Watershed," said Russell Morgan, Delaware NRCS State Conservationist. Last year, the district received $450,000 for a similar CCPI proposal. Delaware obligated 14 contracts for $472,000 and requested additional money.
Delaware's CCPI works through the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program to leverage additional services and resources from non-federal partners. Interested producers should contact the Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-3990.