Chairwoman Statement on USDA Investment in Partner-Driven Conservation to Protect Land and Water
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, welcomed news from the USDA that it is investing up to $225 million in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Senator Stabenow authored the program in the 2014 Farm Bill. In 2018, she increased funding and made the program more flexible. The locally led partnerships created by the program leverage private and public dollars to address regional conservation issues. It has resulted in nearly $3 billion invested in natural resource conservation on private lands.
“The program has been an overwhelming success in protecting our land and water, improving hunting and fishing and strengthening our local economies. This is about doing what works for farmers and recognizes the important stake that they have in protecting our land and water,” said Senator Stabenow.