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NRCS, partners announce Poultry Farm Energy Initiative sign-up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council are accepting enrollment for the North Georgia Poultry Energy Efficiency and Nutrient Management Planning Initiative for fiscal year 2019. The deadline for eligible poultry producers to apply is Aug. 17.

This north Georgia specific project is one of 88 projects across the country was selected for funding two years ago through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP, The 18-county project area covers Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker and Whitfield counties. 

Poultry producers looking to improve on-farm energy efficiency as well as water and soil quality through nutrient management, should visit their local USDA Service Center ( and submit their Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200) before the Aug. 17 deadline.

The RC&D Council ( covers most of northwest Georgia, but is leading a team of seven public and private partners during this three-year project that spans the northern border of Georgia.

Created by the 2014 farm bill, the RCPP is a partner driven, locally-led approach to conservation. It offers new opportunities for USDA’s NRCS to harness innovation, welcome new partners to the conservation mission, and demonstrates the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation.

More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at under the Programs tab.