CARLINVILLE, Ill. — American Farmland Trust partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to extend the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative funding for Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed through fiscal year 2019.

The MRBI works to improve water quality by providing targeted funding and technical resources to agricultural producers in the areas that need it most.

The additional $185,000 will enable Upper Macoupin Creek to help local farmers implement conservation cropping systems to keep soil in its place and reduce the amount of nutrients leaving farmers’ fields.

“This program provides NRCS technical assistance and funding incentives to farmers and landowners that voluntarily adopt several conservation practices including cover crops and no-till/strip-till that will ultimately reduce the amount of nutrients being lost from agricultural lands in the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed,” said Kris Reynolds, deputy director of American Farmland Trust.

For more information, contact Aaron Engstrom, district conservationist, at 217-854-2626, Ext. 3.

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