Federal conservation technical and financial assistance is available to Michigan landowners and agricultural producers in the Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie Basin as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
"Michigan landowners and agricultural producers in both the Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie Basin will benefit from the availability of additional funding, thanks to the continued efforts of Senator Debbie Stabenow," says Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Keith Creagh. "I encourage eligible agriculture producers to contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office to take advantage of this opportunity to implement a range of conservation practices."
The GLRI funding will be available to Michigan landowners and agricultural producers through existing conservation programs through the NRCS. The sign-up for GLRI
"Funds available from the GLRI will provide not only the money but technical assistance to foster sustainable agriculture practices and on the ground habitat restoration in the rural watersheds along Michigan's eastern coasts," adds Patty Birkholz, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes. "This necessary work will have multiple benefits in improving the health of Great Lakes near shore areas vital for the economic development in our coastal communities as well as help to sustain our important fish and wildlife resources."
For additional Information contact a local NRCS district office, for a detailed list of offices visit http://www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/Field%20Offices.html.