ORRTANNA, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill, according to a press release.
The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and boost the economy, the release reported.
Vilsack made the announcement at Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Pa., noted the release.
The farm’s owners participate in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program, continued the release, have worked to encourage pollinator health through planting practices and used USDA program support to construct a high tunnel.
“By protecting working lands and wetlands, we’re able to strengthen agricultural operations, sustain the nation’s food supply and protect habitat for a variety of wildlife,” Vilsack said. “In addition, we’re providing states and tribal governments a tool to expand access to private lands for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities, which helps boost wildlife-related businesses and grows the economy.”
Read the full release here.