07-16-17 NACD ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN URBAN AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION GRANTS

NACD ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN URBAN AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION GRANTS

DES MOINES, July 16, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, has awarded $1 million in grants to 19 conservation districts in 14 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects.

“Our work as conservationists has evolved since the Dust Bowl, when many of our nation’s 3,000 conservation districts were first established,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke told an audience of conservation leaders in Altoona, Iowa, on Sunday. “In the 1930s, 44 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. Today, 86 percent of Americans live in urban areas, which cover just 28 percent of the nation’s land area.” Continue reading