Grant to help northeast Missouri farmers protect water

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 7:30 a.m. CDT; updated 10:08 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

STOUTSVILLE — A $3.3 million grant will help farmers in northeast Missouri control soil erosion and improve soil quality, while keeping agricultural runoff out of drinking water supplies.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the five-year grant Tuesday for farmers in the North Fork Salt Watershed, which drains into Mark Twain Lake.

The grant will provide financial and technical assistance to farmers in Adair, Knox, Macon and Shelby counties.

The project is part of the Mississippi River Basin Initiative, a 12-state effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Part of the project's goal is to limit agricultural runoff that makes its way into the Mississippi, requiring extra treatment of drinking water.

Missouri is expected to receive more than $28 million for 12 projects over five years.

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