DUNDEE: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announces $2 million to protect Western Lake Erie Basin

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DUNDEE: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announces $2 million to protect Western Lake Erie Basin

The News-Herald – Two million dollars from the United States Department of Agriculture will be used to aid farmer conservation efforts in Western Lake Erie Basin waterways, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Friday at Cabela’s in Dundee.

“Our farmers in my estimation are the first and best stewards of our land and water,” Vilsack said. “They have responded to the call of volunteer conservation practices in great numbers.”

The funding will come from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and focus on the control and trapping of phosphorus in the Lake Erie Basin. Both the Huron River and River Raisin empty into Lake Erie.

Vilsack, along with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich), and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), spoke about the ties between Michigan and Ohio agriculture, the economy and conservation efforts.

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