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Angela Byrd

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

Don Rush

Time is running out for some Maryland farmers who want to continue getting federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land. Maryland News Connection reporter Mona Shand has this report.

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New Castle County officials are ready to offer $6.6 million to two major landowners so they do not develop their farmland near Port Penn.

That’s despite the appraisal of a state agency that found that was too high for one of the farms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county is now hoping to use money from a federal conservation program to cover the cost of the deal.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recommended the outright purchase of just one farm was $1 million less.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay watershed is among eight areas in the nation being designated critical conservation areas.

Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine said Tuesday that designation ensures federal funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects.

With the designation, the bay is eligible to receive a portion of more than $100 million in annual funding. It would be used to help implement a variety of conservation projects and increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is pushing a conservation bill favoring the Baltimore oriole and other migratory birds.

The Maryland Democrat said Thursday that the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee approved his bill to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

The act promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 350 bird species. Reauthorization would provide funding for the research.