Ten California projects have been selected for funding through the USDA’s Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). This is a new program established in the 2008 Farm Bill and administered by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The projects will receive a targeted portion of funds available to the agency through conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Agricultural producers interested in participating in a CCPI project will need to be within the specified geographical boundaries of the project and otherwise eligible for NRCS conservation programs.
The 2009 CCPI projects in California are as follows:
Alameda County Resource Conservation District: $132,000 for protecting water quality and habitat on ranchland in Southern Alameda Creek
East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District: $250,000 for reducing off-farm movement of agricultural pesticides: Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.
Pit Resource Conservation District: $200,000 to improve habitat and restore range and forest health: Lassen County.
San Mateo County Farm Bureau: $145,000 for increasing irrigation efficiency on specialty crops: San Mateo County.
Western United Dairymen: $300,000 for development of nutrient management plans on dairies: Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.
Western United Dairymen: $1,200,000 for protecting water quality by helping dairy operators improve their manure utilization systems:
Yager/Van Duzen Environmental Stewards: $300,000 for controlling sediment and improving water quality in prioritized parts of the
Lodi Winegrape Commission: $353,405 for sustaining water quality and habitat on private agricultural lands in northern San Joaquin Valley:
Mattole Restoration Council: $39,179 for to improve ecological sustainability of ranch and non-industrial private forest operations:
For more information on the project goals and boundaries, contact your local NRCS field office. For a listing of offices statewide see http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=CA
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814