BISMARCK, N.D. — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Red River Basin Commission announced they will allocate $3.63 million in financial assistance through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program. These funds will be administered by NRCS in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota portions of the Red River Basin. Funds will be utilized by local landowners to help address problems related to erosion, water quality, and flooding.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 17 that the Obama administration had reached agreement with the state of Minnesota to help farmers try to achieve regulatory “certainty” on water issues was part of a two-day tour that appeared intended to bolster the administration’s standing in the rural Midwest as President Obama seeks re-election.
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