Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Minnesota farmers and landowners can now use a new online tool to get key information about financial assistance for conservation projects. Developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the new Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide is a "one-stop" resource for information about agricultural and natural resource conservation practices and payments. The Conservation Funding Guide is comprehensive yet easy to use. The guide provides quick access to overviews of more than 50 soil conservation, water quality, feedlot management, wildlife habitat and other practices, with side-by-side payment comparisons. The guide will help users find practices that match their land management goals. MDA Commissioner Gene Hugoson says the new guide was developed to help landowners more easily find the conservation practices that will work for them. "There are many different conservation programs and it can be difficult to keep up with the changes in requirements and funding," Hugoson said. "We hope this online tool will help answer landowners' questions and encourage them to establish and practice these conservation methods on their land." MDA Conservation Program Specialist Barbara Weisman says the Conservation Funding Guide is designed to help landowners research the various options on their own prior to seeking advice from local, state or federal conservation experts. "Farmers and landowners usually have lots of questions about conservation programs," said Weisman. "This new online guide is a great place for them to start. They can first research the options and then call a specialist." Conservation program payment details and eligibility requirements will continually be added to the tool to reflect recent and pending changes at the state and federal levels. Find a link to the Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide on the MDA website home page at www.mda.state.mn.us.