USDA, partners usher in ‘new era’ of conservation

A new USDA conservation initiative launched last week will allow local communities, businesses and non-profit groups to invest in projects specifically designed for their region.

The focus on public-private partnerships marks a new era in conservation that will have an impact "well beyond what the federal government could accomplish on its own," said U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"This is an entirely new ap­­proach to...

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