Modesto NRCS staff and Stanislaus districts to be honored
The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) will present its CARCD Partnership recognition award to the staff of the Modesto office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the West and East Stanislaus resource conservation districts. The award to be presented on November 2 at the CARCD annual conference in Santa Rosa recognizes “the excellent work done in Stanislaus County to implement the Dairy Initiative,” according to Dr. Daniel Mountjoy, Ph.D., Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations.
In 2004, NRCS redistributed $1.06 million in Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds to help 21 Stanislaus County dairies address a wide range of resource concerns. Later, the California NRCS implemented a special $10 million initiative targeted specifically at California dairy producers and other confined animal operators. EQIP is a voluntary effort providing funding and expertise for farmers and ranchers to improve the environmental quality of soil, water, air, and other natural resources.