Conservation fund grants awarded by SDDA
Twenty-nine grant projects benefitting South Dakota’s natural resources were recently approved by the State Conservation Commission. The funds were awarded to 20 conservation districts that applied for funding through the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund. The Fund is administered by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) on behalf of the State Conservation Commission.
Conservation districts receiving funding include:
· Beadle Conservation District – $25,000 for a shelterbelt establishment project and $35,000 for a water quality livestock project;
· Bennett Conservation District – $5,000 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
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· Brule-Buffalo Conservation District – $30,095 for a rangeland improvement project;
· Butte Conservation District – $5,000 for the Envirothon (youth competition) project and $35,000 for a weed rehabilitation (stream bank restoration) project;
· Custer Conservation District – $20,250 for a forest health thinning project;
· Davison Conservation District – $11,500 for a multi-county grasslands improvement (brush management) project and $14,500 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
· Day Conservation District – $19,177 for a multi-county shelterbelt establishment project, $43,460 for the NE Glacial Lakes (multiple best management practices) project, and $19,000 for a soil health (cover crops) project;
· East Pennington Conservation District – $7,500 for a shelterbelt renovation/establishment project;
· Haakon Conservation District – $41,000 for a rangeland improvement/shelterbelt establishment program;
· Hamlin Conservation District – $13,000 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
· Jones Conservation District – $19,176.50 for a multi-practice rangeland improvement project;
· Mellette Conservation District – $1,300 for the rancher’s workshop project and $25,990 for a technical assistance project;
· Miner Conservation District – $16,695 for a cover crop project and $9,500 for a technical assistance project;
· Minnehaha Conservation District – $21,248 for a technical assistance project;
· Perkins Conservation District – $35,000 for the northwest area natural resource specialist project and $50,000 for the northwest area shelterbelt establishment project;
· Roberts Conservation District – $23,036 for a cover crop project and $5,784 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
· Sanborn Conservation District – $25,000 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
· Todd Conservation District – $15,000 for a shelterbelt establishment project;
· Turner Conservation District – $29,000 a technical assistance project; and
· Yankton Conservation District – $12,500 for the natural resources (multiple best management practices) project.
Funding for the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund is provided by state law which directs that $500,000 will be deposited into the fund on July 1 of each year.
Conservation districts may apply for grant funds at any time. Grant applications are typically reviewed in May and Nov. each year. Applications for the May grant round must be received by April 1 and applications for the Nov. grant round must be received by Oct. 1. Conservation districts interested in the grant programs can call SDDA at 605-773-3623 or visit our website at: http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/grants-loans/conservation-grant/.
Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
–South Dakota Department of Agriculture
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