Press Release: $2.2 Million Awarded to Berks County Farms

Agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation in the Chesapeake Bay

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The Berks County Conservation District is excited to announce good news is on the way for Berks County farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Last week, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) awarded more than $200 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), including $2,232,143.00 toward Berks County agricultural operations within the Chesapeake Bay to implement agricultural BMP’s. RCPP is a partner-driven approach to conservation that funds solutions to natural resource challenges on agricultural land. By leveraging collective resources and collaborating on common goals, RCPP demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships in delivering results for agriculture and conservation.

“I’m excited to announce the first RCPP awards under the 2018 Farm Bill,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “Through collaboration and aligning our resources toward a common goal, we’re making an impact for natural resource conservation that could never have been realized on our own.”

The Berks County Conservation District will be the lead partner for the Chesapeake Bay RCPP project, and collectively, RCPP partners have also committed an additional $2,294,875.00 in contributions, totaling over $4.5 million toward the implementation of agricultural BMP’s to improve and protect local water quality. In collaboration with the USDA-NRCS, BCCD and project partners will implement Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) or “Whole Farm Approach” including manure handling systems, animal heavy use area protection; establish near stream conservation practices such as riparian buffers, filter strips, and animal exclusion fencing; while providing much needed technical assistance and conservation planning.

April 20, 2020

Contact:
Dean Druckenmiller

District Executive

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