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Farmers and ranchers can apply for Natural Resources Conservation Service grants

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has begun to  take applications for a new round of grants supported by Inflation Reduction Act funding.

The agency offers technical and financial assistance for farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in conservation.

Projects that benefit wildlife, improve soil health and conserve water may qualify under the program, which is receiving $20 billion in IRA funds over a five-year period.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.