Deadline nears for Pa. nutrient grant program

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The next round of applications for the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Plan Implementation Grant Program are due to the Department of Agriculture June 28 by 4 p.m.

Administered by the Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission, the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Plan Implementation Grant Program is available to farm owners with a livestock or poultry operation that has been in existence since Oct. 1, 1997; has an approved Nutrient Management Plan; and meets the financial qualifications of the program.

The program provides funding to qualified applicants to implement best management practices that are called for in a farm’s approved Nutrient Management Plan. Qualified applicants can receive up to $75,000 per approved plan.

To date, the Department of Agriculture has approved over $8 million for the installation of best management practices.

Sign-up periods for the program take place on the last five business days of every other month, including June 24-28. Following June, the next sign-up period will be the last week of August.

For more information or an application contact your local conservation district, the department’s Bureau of Plant Industry at 717-772-4187 or the State Conservation Commission at 717-787-8821.

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