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Vilsack: Conservation projects will create 1,500 new jobs

Fifty-five new natural resource conservation projects in 20 states -- many having to do with building and sustaining conservation initiatives on cropland -- will bring up to 1,500 new jobs into the U.S. economy in the coming months, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Thursday morning.

The projects, for which the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with local ag and natural resource officials, are part of President Barack Obama's "national recovery plan to jumpstart the economy," Vilsack says. Projects are slated for federal funding in 20 states, with funding for all 55 projects totaling $84.7 million, he adds.

Some projects -- like ones in Missouri and Texas that target soil erosion and ag chemical runoff -- are already underway, with a high degree of success.

"These are all partnerships -- that's what makes them successful," Vilsack added Thursday. "It comes as no surprise to me that they're working. These projects will assist local economies and will bring benefits to watersheds nationwide."

Fifty-five new natural resource conservation projects in 20 states -- many having to do with building and sustaining conservation initiatives on cropland -- will bring up to 1,500 new jobs into the U.S. economy in the coming months, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Thursday morning.

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