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Virginia announces $73M in funding for conservation program

Virginia is making a record amount of money available this year to help farmers implement conservation practices.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced in a press release Tuesday $73 million in funding for the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. Practices that may be funded through the program include controlling erosion, preserving wetlands and managing nutrients. Northam says the money will help ensure more producers can participate.

State officials say that more than $200 million has been distributed to farmers and landowners since the program began in 1984.

Individuals, partnerships, trusts and other businesses that operate farms in Virginia may qualify. Applications are first-come, first-served.