Burns: State program available to farmers for reimbursement of soil, erosion management plans

EBENSBURG, March 8 – Over $620,000 in funding is available through a state program that reimburses farmers for costs related to erosion, sediment, and soil nutrient management, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced today.

The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program provides agricultural operators and landowners with up to $6,000 to reimburse them for fees they’ve paid to technical experts to create long-term management plans designed to improve soil and herd health and implement cost-effective uses of farm resources.

“Agriculture is one of our state’s strongest industries, with more than 59,000 farm families across Pennsylvania,” said Burns. “This program can help farmers in Cambria County and statewide recoup the costs they’ve paid to implement plans to keep their land and herd stocks viable and productive for generations to come.”

The deadline for farmers to register for the reimbursement program is April 1. More information is available at this link: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/ChesapeakeBayOffice/Ag page/3020-FM-CBO0003a_APRP_Registration_Form_Cover_Sheet_2018_2019.pdf

If you choose to apply, please contact Brittany E. Blackham, grants and development specialist, at Burns’ Portage office at (814) 736-7339 for proposal assistance.