Partner proposals funded through the CCPI
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service have selected four partner sponsored projects for funding through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, a new program established in the 2008 farm bill and administered by NRCS.
The projects will receive a targeted portion of the agency's funding for CCPI projects through conservation programs, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. "CCPI offers eligible partners the opportunity to define a need or issue for a specific geographic area and to leverage their funding with conservation programs through NRCS to help accomplish their conservation goals," says Janet Oertly, State Conservationist. "The funded initiatives will implement conservation practices in the designated geographic areas that will address the identified resource needs."
Agricultural producers interested in participating in a CCPI project will need to be within the specified geographical boundaries of the project and eligible for conservation programs.
The CCPI projects funded in 2009 in South Dakota are: Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership: $700,000 to improve soil health and water quality while reducing wind and water erosion on South Dakota lands located in the Lower Belle Fourche and Redwater Hydrologic Units encompassing portions of Butte, Lawrence, and southern Meade counties, with an application deadline of July 24 to be considered for FY09 funding.
Upper Big Sioux/Northern Prairie Coteau Hydrologic Unit: $145,000 for improving soil condition, plant condition, water quality, wildlife habitat, and reducing soil erosion on lands located in the identified hydrologic units which includes portions of Brookings, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, Moody, and Roberts counties, with an application deadline of July 24 to be considered for FY09 funding.
Native Pasture Restoration and Enhancement in the Northern Plains: $186,000 with the objectives of achieving improved plant condition, increased livestock gains, improved water quality, and restoration of habitats for declining species. This is a multi-state initiative encompassing portions of North Dakota, Minnesota, and the South Dakota counties of McPherson, Shannon, Fall River, and the prairie portions of Pennington County, with an application deadline of July 24 to be considered for FY09 funding.
Conservation Cropping Systems Project: $100,000 to improve soil condition and water quality; reduce soil erosion; and improve wildlife habitat through the adoption of Strip Till and/or planting a Cover Crop. This project is offered in select counties in North Dakota, and Marshall and Day counties in South Dakota, with an application deadline of July 22 to be considered for FY09 funding.
For more information on the project goals and boundaries, contact your local NRCS field office. For a listing of field offices in South Dakota go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov/ and click Office Directory or SD Field Office Locations from the left-hand menu. For information about CCPI go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi/index.html.