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Water quality efforts working, bay program reports

Water quality efforts working, bay program reports
The Chesapeake Bay Program announced March 26 that water quality in the bay met its highest level since monitoring began in 1985, besting its previous record reported in 2017.



Farmers optimistic about conservation funding proposal

Farmers optimistic about conservation funding proposal
Environmentalists and farmers are greeting a proposal to expand state funding for water quality improvements with open arms.



Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance

Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance
Virginia’s soil and water conservation districts historically have helped farmers implement conservation practices, but now they are helping homeowners as well.



Everyone can benefit from soil and water conservation districts

Everyone can benefit from soil and water conservation districts
The state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts will use $7.2 million this fiscal year to help Virginians implement conservation practices.



Loudoun board takes steps to consider partial funding of conservation easements

Loudoun board takes steps to consider partial funding of conservation easements
Preserving Loudoun County’s rural areas is at the heart of a recent move by county supervisors.



Preservation efforts gain traction with Loudoun supervisors’ votes

Preservation efforts gain traction with Loudoun supervisors’ votes
In a Dec. 4 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved two conservation initiatives proposed to help preserve the county’s rural areas.



Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices

Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices
If it hadn’t been for state cost-share money, Ronnie Nuckols said, he wouldn’t have been able to install 14 fences to keep his cattle out of streams.



Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier

Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier
On Jan. 9 the U.S. Department of Agriculture began allowing farmers and ranchers to terminate their Conservation Reserve Program contracts early in order to transfer property to the next generation.



Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts

Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts
Virginia farmers will be part of a June 10 celebration marking Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.



Close to 100,000 acres of Va. farmland in conservation program

Close to 100,000 acres of Va. farmland in conservation program
Just three years after Virginia’s Resource Management Plan Program was implemented, the program has far exceeded its goal.



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