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Grants Awarded to Boost Agriculture Projects in Conservation Districts

Forty-two conservation districts in 25 state received grants totaling $2 million this week. The funding will create technical assistance opportunities for urban agriculture and conservation projects.
July 22, 2016, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, has awarded $2 million in grants to 42 conservation districts in 25 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects," according to a press release from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

"The 2016 grants will help urban farmers, community gardens, other local agricultural partnerships implement conservation practices that support local food production, provide opportunities for education and stewardship, and protect natural resources," explains the press release.

As an example, the release describes the work of the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District (CD), which will use a $50,000 grant "to provide technical assistance to a number of urban gardens, farmers markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) projects in Middletown, Connecticut."

2016 grant winners. (Source: NACD)

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Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in National Association of Conservation Districts
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