BALTIMORE (AP) — Conservation grants announced by federal agriculture officials include funding for Chesapeake Bay programs.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $22.5 million in conservation grants on Monday. Eight of the grants will support conservation innovations within the bay’s watershed.


Nearly $850,000 will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help farmers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia convert manure to energy. Using manure for energy will not only generate income, but help improve bay water quality by preventing runoff into waterways where it can spur harmful algae blooms.


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