NRCS Targets Red River Basin With $50 Million Conservation Funds

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Minnesota office has issued the following news release:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today announced targeted conservation funding of up to $50 million over the next five years in the Red River of the North Basin to minimize flooding, boost soil health, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat in the watershed. The Secretary and Congressman Peterson were joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Hoeven, Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer at a press conference in Moorhead to make the announcement.

“The Red River Basin is a mosaic of farmlands, grasslands, forests, and wetlands with a unique set of conservation challenges. This Farm Bill funding will help us work with local partners to implement water retention projects to help reduce flooding and mitigate the damage repeated flooding creates,” Vilsack said. “Along with better protection from flooding, these conservation efforts can help provide improved farming and ranching opportunities, cleaner water, and homes for a variety of wildlife. This will help boost the region’s economy in a number of areas, including in agriculture, hunting and fishing, and other outdoor recreation.”

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will focus a number of existing conservation program tools to work with local water districts and other local partners to support water retention projects and other conservation efforts in the 25 million-acre Red River watershed in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Red River of the North Basin is highly prone to flooding and other challenges, and repeated flooding has created unique challenges for maintaining soil and water health in the region. This new effort will provide more support and additional flexibility for regional conservation stakeholders.

“We are using the full set of tools in the conservation toolbox to affect positive change in this area,” Vilsack added. “Our science-based conservation programs have a proven track record of supporting agricultural businesses, rural economies and improving sustainability across the country.”

The NRCS conservation programs that will be focused on this effort to address needs in the Red River Basin of the North include:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program: Assistance to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, or improved or created wildlife habitat.
  • Conservation Stewardship Program: Assistance to maintain and improve existing conservation systems, adopt additional conservation activities, and take conservation performance to the next level.
  • Agricultural Conservation Easements Program: Assistance to help conserve, enhance, and protect farm, ranch, and forest lands and wetlands, and their related benefits. For wetland easements on acreage owned by Indian tribes, 30-year contracts are available.

Applications for these programs are accepted at local USDA service centers on a continuous basis. To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or local USDA service center.

The Red River of the North Basin is home to some of the country’s most productive farmland, and is also part of the nation’s Prairie Pothole region, known for its critical habitat for nesting waterfowl and other migratory birds. Recently, USDA also announced that the basin was included as part of the Prairie Grasslands Critical Conservation Area under USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP will allow USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas to leverage private sector funding to maximize conservation investments.

Today’s announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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