Conservation agency gets huge grant from USDA
CHAMPAIGN – The National Resources Conservation Service, which has its Illinois headquarters in Champaign, received a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.
Paige Buck, public affairs specialist for the Illinois office, said the her office has received $2.2 million.
Buck said the money will be made available during the coming year to help farmers solve natural resources problems through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
She said grant money can be used to pay for the programs, which include seeding recommendations, fencing and livestock operation recommendations, animal waste systems and nutrient information.
In addition, money will be available to repair conservation practices damaged by recent floods.
"But not all of this money is going to the floods," Buck said.
Local farmers can find out more information about the program by calling the office at 352-3536.
Buck said the additional funds will assist farmers and ranchers in solving their natural resource problems.
With this extra funding, the Department of Agriculture has provided $1.2 billion to farmers for the 2008 fiscal year.