IMPERIAL — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office here reports strong interest in water and air conservation programs so far this season, but the staff remains eager to encourage all farmers in the region to learn about the opportunities to get conservation plans and contracts this year to improve local air and water quality.

“We have 83 applications so far, which is significantly ahead of recent years,” said Eric Peitz, district conservationist for Imperial County. “There is plenty of work to do, and it looks like there are plenty of farmers willing to tackle it — and that’s great.”

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