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Wisconsin Projects Get Federal Funding Through New RCPP Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/15/2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 100 high-impact projects across all 50 states will receive funding as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. State Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett says Wisconsin projects included for funding were the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department, American Bird Conservancy, City of Oconomowoc, and the Sauk County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department.

"RCPP puts our partners in the driver's seat," Bramblett said. "Projects are led locally, and demonstrate the value of strong public-private partnerships that deliver solutions to tough natural resource challenges."

NRCS along with these and other partners will collaborate to provide technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and forest landowners to help implement conservation practices that improve soil health, water quality, restore wildlife habitat, and will also improve agricultural productivity. The projects will run between four to five years in duration and will provide over $13 million in public-private conservation investments to the state.

The USDA says more than 600 pre-proposals were submitted nationally for RCPP in 2014. Of those, more than 200 were invited to submit full proposals.

RCPP is a five-year $1.2 billion USDA commitment through the 2014 farm bill.

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