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USDA provides funds for Ogallala Aquifer water conservation efforts


For The Sun-Telegraph

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative focus areas in Nebraska for Fiscal Year 2016 include portions of four Natural Resources Districts.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest about $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative in Fiscal Year 2016 to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations.

NRCS launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) in 2011 to reduce aquifer water use, improve water quality and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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