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Conservation Funding Focuses on Lake Michigan, Fox River
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/18/2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced conservation funds available to farmers in several Lake Michigan watersheds. The funds are available to help farmers incorporate conservation activities to improve water quality and reduce phosphorus reaching the Great Lakes.

In Wisconsin, farmers in the Lower Fox River, Manitowoc/Sheboygan, and the Milwaukee River watersheds may be eligible for these special funds to help clean up the Great Lakes.

"Wisconsin will receive $3.7 million this year for the Great Lakes initiative, with much of that focused on reducing phosphorus runoff in the Lower Fox," said State Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett. "Reducing phosphorus is the key to cleaner water in Lake Michigan."

The funding was provided through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Wisconsin is one of eight states participating in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Interested producers and landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center before July 18 to apply.

This is the fifth year of the Initiative.

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