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Grants to Help VA Landowners Conserve

Farmers, ranchers and private, non-industrial forest landowners in Virginia can tap into federal funds to implement conservation practices.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday the funding for eligible landowners is available through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.

The Agriculture Department will use $7 million to fund 31 projects in Virginia and ten other states.

Among the approved projects are $999,000 for training or management practice assistance for the New River Grazing Management Initiative and $50,000 for Chesapeake Bay Foundation water quality improvements in the Shenandoah River watershed.

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