Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has awarded $1 million to eight entities through the Conservation Partnership Initiative (CPI), a voluntary program designed to foster conservation partnerships and fund projects that focus technical and financial resources on conservation priorities in watersheds and other geographic areas of environmental sensitivity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service received 31 proposals involving 31 states (including two multi-state submissions). Applications were received from two local agencies, six state agencies, two universities, five conservation districts, five resource conservation and development councils and 11 nongovernmental organizations (one nonprofit submitted two proposals in different states). Initiated last year, CPI is open to state and local governments, tribes and nongovernmental organizations with a history of working with agricultural producers.

Additional information on CPI and the grant awards is on the Web at

Source: Government Release