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Cardin Studies Conservation Issues

June 7th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller, and Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance visited a local Baltimore County farm Friday and met with national and state conservation partners for a kickoff of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Cardin, Weller and Hance were joined by leaders from the National Association of Conservation Districts and the Maryland Soil Conservation Districts for a first-hand look at conservation practices being used locally by farmer Hank Suchting. Cardin then hosted a roundtable with local farmers and potential recipients of funds through the RCPP. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed has just been officially designated as one of eight Critical Conservation Areas that is eligible for set-aside funding as part of the consolidated RCPP. The new program benefits the region’s farmers and continues a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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