Ohio gets EQIP and federal farmland preservation funding

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VAN WERT, Ohio – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced Ohio will receive another $228,000 through a federal farmland preservation program, part of nearly $6 million additional funding Veneman announced during a visit to Ohio last week.

The state is also one of 13 states splitting more than $8.5 million in environmental conservation funds.

Veneman visited the Farm Focus farm show in Van Wert July 30.

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program funds are earmarked to purchase permanent conservation easements on America’s farms and ranches.

This USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program protects productive agricultural land by purchasing conservation easements to limit conversion of farm and ranch lands to nonagricultural uses.

EQIP funding. Veneman said $8.5 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds will be provided to 13 states to address animal agriculture conservation needs.

In addition to Ohio, the states receiving the additional funds are: Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Who gets what. Funding allocated per state:

Arkansas, $427,800; Indiana, $548,600; Iowa, $1,325,500; Michigan, $305,500; Minnesota, $970;700; Missouri, $584,600;

Nebraska, $589,700; New York, $493,600; North Carolina, $378,700;

Ohio, $585,500; Pennsylvania, $737,500; South Dakota, $322,400; Wisconsin, $1,293,100.

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