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USDA invests in local conservation projects, including pollinator support in California

From a USDA News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is awarding $197 million for 41 locally led conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a partner-driven program that leverages partner resources to advance innovative projects that address climate change, enhance water quality, and address other critical challenges on agricultural land.

“Our partners are experts in their fields and understand the challenges in their own backyards,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “Through RCPP we can tap into that knowledge, in partnership with producers and USDA, to come up with lasting solutions to the challenges that farmers, ranchers, and landowners face. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of public-private partnership at its best, made possible through these RCPP investments.”

A project in California is a partnership that will aim to bolster pollinators at farms and ranches through the development of habitat, forage and other support, using grower connections to secure the participation of producers across a wide swath of a 10-county project area. The objective is to increase the presence of bees, butterflies and other important invertebrate species.  

See the list of 2022 RCPP projects or view the interactive map.

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