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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Announce Funding for African American Landowner Conservation Effort in South Carolina
Published:
2/11/2016 4:05:13 PM

On Friday, Feb. 12, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Monck’s Corner, S.C., to announce funding for a public-private conservation effort helping African American landowners maintain and manage their forests.

The project is one of many locally led conservation partnerships across the country that USDA will announce on Friday. Through these partnerships, USDA will be leveraging significant public and private funding to improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability in communities across the United States.

This South Carolina project is one of many locally led conservation partnerships launching across the country that USDA will announce on Friday. Through these partnerships, USDA will be leveraging significant public and private funding to improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability in communities across the United States.

Secretary Vilsack's announcement is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to conserve and protect America's natural resources for the future. Since 2009, USDA has invested nearly $309 million in South Carolina and more than $29 billion nationwide to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect over 400 million acres, boost soil and air quality, clean and conserve water and enhance wildlife habitat nationwide.

Fridays's announcement will be held from 3:15-4:15 P.M. EDT at 1349 Old Cherry Hill Road. 



 

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