Deadline is Aug. 11 to sign up to participate in two Natural Resources Conservation Service programs under the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.
The Central Great Plains Shelterbelt Renovation and the Central Great Plains Forested Riparian Buffer CCPI proposals will target shelterbelt renovations in four states, including Kansas.
The two CCPI proposals are part of a pool of 26 projects in 15 states approved by the NRCS on July 14. CCPI helps agricultural producers achieve natural resource benefits such as clean air, clean water, productive soils, and abundant wildlife.
USDA will provide $817,140 in financial assistance in Fiscal Year 2010 for the CCPI projects in Kansas. These CCPI projects will work through the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to leverage additional services and resources from the state forestry agencies in the four states and other non-federal partners to implement conservation on working farms, ranches, and forest lands. CCPI is administered by NRCS.
Additional information specific to CCPI projects is available from your local USDA Service Center from the NRCS staff or at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.
Watch for more details and an interview with an NRSC official about this and other programs in your September Kansas Farmer,