Central Lakes College to receiver NRCS Grant funding

Central Lakes College to receiver NRCS Grant funding

May 12, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (5/12/21)

(Brainerd, MN) — Central Lakes College was recently announced as part of a group to receive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

CLC, along with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other project partners, will be awarded $3.5 million to implement conservation measures on irrigated lands. Funds are being distributed through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will fund a 5-year project that is focused on 20 counties across Minnesota.

The RCPP collaborates with the NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation Districts to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners throughout the nation to implement systems that conserve water and soil resources, improve the health of wildlife habitats, and increase climate resilience. 

The MDA’s project, which the funding will go towards in Cass and Morrison counties in our listening area, will help protect groundwater and promote expanded precision irrigation practices with CLC Ag and Energy, Ag Centris, the UofM, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, irrigation associations, other public and private organizations. The irrigation project is one of 85 locally driven, public-private partnerships receiving more than $330 million as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.