Vilsack visited Iowa, where he served as governor, to make the announcement that Nebraska will be part of the $30 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
“The announcement I’m here to make today is a continuation of the commitment that we have made at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NRCS to conservation and to restored wetlands,” Vilsack stated.
Nebraska will receive $1.7 million to buy and restore wetland and “mixed-grass prairie buffers” in Nebraska. Much of the program will enhance environmental and conservation efforts in the Midwest.
Vilsack has made conservation a major focus of the Department of Agriculture.
“When you combine our conservation efforts with the CRP initiative, over $2 billion has been invested in conservation activities since 2009,” according to Vilsack.
The Conservation Reserve Program takes marginal farmland out of production. It can be returned to grassland or other cover crops. In emergencies, the USDA can allow farmers to cut the grass for hay.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]