More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana

first_img SHARE Previous articleUSDA Providing More Than $70 Million to Protect Agriculture from Pests, DiseasesNext articleSullivan County Couple to Represent Indiana Farm Bureau on National Committee Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded $975,651 in matching grant funds to 15 soil and water conservation districts and organizations through the Clean Water Indiana program.“Soil is one of our most valuable resources,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “I commend our State Soil Conservation Board for continuing this award, even through this difficult year. I want to congratulate our conservation districts and soil health organizations for their awards, and I am looking forward to seeing the work they continue to do to conserve our natural resources.”The Clean Water Indiana program is administered by the state’s conservation board. The program provides financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups that are working to reduce runoff from non-point sources of water pollution, whether it’s on agricultural land, urban areas or eroding streambanks.Once received, districts can use the funds to partner with other counties or address specific needs within their jurisdiction. Some examples include participating in a cost share program, hiring staff, providing technical assistance, implementing cover crop incentive programs or increasing watershed capacity.“Indiana is committed to soil conservation and improving water quality across the state, this funding will allow these conservation districts to do just that,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “I am looking forward to seeing each districts’ plans come to fruition and am confident the future of soil conservation in Indiana is long-lasting.”Brad Dawson is the chairman of the state soil conservation board and has led the board since 2020.“All of Indiana’s 92 soil conservation districts work hard each year to better their communities,” Dawson said. “I am certain this funding will got a long way in ensuring Indiana remains a leader in soil conservation.”Clean Water Indiana is managed by ISDA’s Division of Soil Conservation and funded by a portion of the state’s cigarette tax.Below is the list of awardeesOrganization Amount Dubois County SWCD $99,000Fayette County SWCD $60,000Jay County SWCD $130,000Jefferson County SWCD $41,595Johnson County SWCD $2,656Lawrence County SWCD $60,000Marion County SWCD  $27,500Owen County SWCD $64,800Pike County SWCD $42,000Spencer County SWCD $80,100St. Joseph County SWCD $65,000Sullivan County SWCD  $72,000Wabash County SWCD $75,000Indiana Association of SWCD’s $90,000Southern IN Cooperative Invasive Species Management $66,000 Facebook Twitter More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana Home Indiana Agriculture News More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana By Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture – Jan 6, 2021 SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Report: Dauda completes Ashantigold move

first_imgReports are that Black Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda sealed a return to AshantiGold just some few hours before the transfer window closed understands the 29-year-old has penned a short-term deal.Fatau was available on a free transfer by cancelling his contract with Premier Soccer League side Chippa United after only two months at the club.Dauda is looking to get his career back on track following some uninspiring performances both at club and international levels.His return to AshantiGold proves how determined he is to get back to playing regular football after struggling at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United respectively.But Dauda faces stiff competition from Robert Dabuo and Nana Bonsu who have proven to be reliable pair of hands.last_img

McKeon takes aim at college loan industry

first_imgIn the wake of revelations of deceptive practices in the college loan industry, U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon introduced a bill Monday to reform the way private lenders operate. The bill from McKeon, a Republican from Santa Clarita who is on the House Committee on Education and Labor, aims to establish codes of conduct for the college lending industry and improve disclosure for students. “This is an issue that there’s going to be a good amount of bipartisan cooperation on,” said Steve Forde, a spokesman for McKeon. Two months ago, committee chairman Rep. George Miller, D-Concord, introduced a bill similar to the one McKeon introduced Monday. The committee’s examination of the sometimes-cozy ties between lenders and universities comes as New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has publicized the results of his investigation on the topic. Interest rates on private loans can be as high as 19 percent, compared with 6.8 percent for the federal loans, according to Miller. The code of conduct McKeon presented in his bill would limit gifts and payments that lenders could offer financial aid officers at schools. Schools that recommend lenders would have to explain to students why it chose those lenders. “After months of revelations highlighting the extent of corruption in the student loan industry, we’re pleased to see that Mr. McKeon is now ready to work with us in protecting the interests of students and families,” said Rachel Racusen, a spokeswoman for Miller. McKeon lost the chairmanship of the Committee on Education and Labor when the Democrats won a majority in the last election. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more