Indiana NRCS accepts functions to enhance water high quality at Large Pine Watershed

Jerry Raynor, conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced that it will accept water quality proposals in the Big Pine watershed in northwest Indiana.

For farmers, dollars are available through Big Pine Watershed’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Big Pine watershed spans nearly 210,000 acres in western Indiana, including portions of Counties Benton, White, Warren, and Tippecanoe. The partnership works with farmers in the area to increase the number of nutrient and sediment reduction practices on farmland. While applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis, August 9th will be the cut-off date for this year that is being considered for funding this partnership project.

Raynor said the Big Pine RCPP, administered by NRCS and funded by Farm Bill Program dollars, is helping landowners introduce conservation improvements that improve water quality in the watershed. This registration is for financial support from the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Funding to date for this project has been provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The Big Pine RCPP focuses its conservation efforts on soil health practices such as cover crop planting and nutrient management, including managing the amount, source, placement, and timing of plant nutrients and soil changes. Conservation practices like these reduce the amount of nutrients flowing from agricultural fields into waterways, reduce erosion and improve the resilience of agricultural land during periods of extreme weather.

RCPP is a partner-led program where NRCS focuses technical and financial support on the priorities set by the partners. Partners involved in Indiana’s Big Pine watershed project include The Nature Conservancy, Ceres Solutions Cooperative, Land O’Lakes, Winfield United, Information Technology Information Center, Soil and Water Conservation Areas, and NRCS. The group has also engaged agronomy retailers to continue environmental efforts in the area.

“This project is a great example of , private and nonprofit organizations working together to solve problems,” said Raynor. “The group deals with critical issues in the watershed such as water quality and soil quality. By targeting RCPP dollars and leveraging partner resources, we can have a greater impact on the health of the waters in the Big Pine watershed and beyond. “

While applications are continuously being accepted, all applications for this funding round must be received by August 9, 2019.

For more information on RCPP in Indiana, visit: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/in/programs/farmbill/rcpp/STELPRDB1248173/.

For more information about NRCS and other technical and financial support through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your District Conservationist at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/in / contact / local /.

Source: Indiana NRCS

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