The 2014 Farm Bill created the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which aims to invest $2.4 billion over the next five years in conservation projects with half the money coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and half from private partners.
Partnerships nationwide are competing for a share of the money, and the first round of funding is expected to be announced this fall.
Ohio is part of the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership along with Michigan and Indiana.
Ohio Farm Bureau has offered help in identifying and securing local participants for conservation research within the Western Lake Erie Watershed. Ohio Farm Bureau has been working with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office in trying to secure up to $20 million in federal funds with a $30 million match from private and other organizations that would be used for conservation projects in the three states.