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Stephen Huba
Cows graze on farmland along Route 422 in Worthington.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering assistance to Pennsylvania farmers who want to improve natural resources on their farm and forest land.

Financial and technical assistance is available to help farmers and forest landowners plan and implement conservation practices that improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits.

The first application cutoff date for fiscal year 2019 is Oct. 19.

NRCS accepts applications year-round but makes funding selections at application cut-off deadlines. Pennsylvania producers with applications in before Oct. 19 will have a higher chance of approval. Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered for funding in the second ranking in December, if funds remain.

Applicants should be farmers or farm or forest landowners and must meet eligibility criteria. For applications and program information, visit www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov .

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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