New Conservation program to help Michigan Farmers

file8121325951346Michigan farmers will soon be getting some help with conservation efforts, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill.
The newly created Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP, and will hinge on public-private investment collaboration.

Laura Campbell is with the Michigan Farm Bureau. She said, “What it does is it offers the flexibility of public-private partnerships to be able to provide program incentives and provide assistance to farmers to help them protect water resources across the state and across the country.”

The RCPP is streamlining conservation efforts by combining four programs into one. The four programs are the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion.

Campbell said work is underway with industry partners to coordinate proposals for the RCPP that will align with another conservation program for farmers, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.