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State getting conservation funds

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers and ranchers will receive approximately $71 million in Emergency Conservation Program funds to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters that happened in 2008 and 2009.

The money will be used to remove farmland debris, restore fences, grade and shape land, repair conservation structures that were damaged by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms and wildfires and carry out emergency water conservation measures after severe drought.

Mississippi’s portion of the award is $179,000.

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