New project focuses on Prairie Pothole conservation

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is teaming with Ducks Unlimited to help farmers and ranchers restore grasslands and make other improvements to benefit birds in South Dakota. Credit: Ducks Unlimited

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is teaming with Ducks Unlimited to help farmers and ranchers restore grasslands and make other improvements to benefit birds in the Prairie Pothole region.

The Regional Conservation Partnership program has approved a five-year Scaling Soil Health in the Prairie Pothole Region project, which will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The RCPP partnership includes 20 conservation partners across South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, creating a $17 million investment in prairie working lands.

The project is intended to help farmers integrate cover crops and small grains in their crops and help ranchers restore large tracts of native grassland.

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