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USDA Provides Assistance to Agricultural Producers to Improve Water Quality


LITTLE ROCK—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds.

The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf by Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills during a Hypoxia Task Force meeting,held this week in Little Rock, Ark.
"This targeted approach provides a way to accelerate voluntary lands conservation
that improve water quality and focuses water quality monitoring and assessment funds where they're most needed," Mills said. "When hundreds of farms take action in one area,one watershed can make a real difference to improving water quality."
Funding is provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by the
 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

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