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EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have until Nov. 2, 2018, to submit applications for the first selection for 2019 conservation funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has financial assistance available through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative. Financial assistance is available for implementing conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health. The portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin in Michigan includes Lenawee and Monroe counties and portions of Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. 
USDA conservation financial assistance must be used for implementing designated conservation practices, some of these include; cover crops, nutrient management plans, grassed waterways, drainage water management, amending soil properties with gypsum products, filter strips and residue management. Farmers are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.
The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative was selected for funding through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The partnership includes a number of public, private and non-profit partner organizations, led by NRCS and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Partner organizations will assist in promoting conservation to landowners and monitoring the impact of conservation practices implemented through the initiative.
For more information about conservation financial assistance available through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative, visit the NRCS Michigan website at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov.

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