The USDA has awarded the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services a $1 million grant for conservation innovation. The money will go to helping farmers and ranchers use energy more efficiently. The goal of the bill is to prompt development and adoption of new energy conservation techniques, John Buchanan reported for Highlands Today in Tampa, Fla.

The conservation and innovation grants are funded by the Environmental Quality Incentive Program which is derived from the federal farm bill. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was one of 47 groups across the U.S. to receive funding.

“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said when announcing the grant recipients. “They’re critical in sparking new ideas and techniques for conservation on America’s private lands and improving the environment.”

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