Richland County farmers to benefit from soil research

October 21, 2013 

— The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded a $45,000 federal grant to explore ways to help farmers reduce their dependence on fertilizers and improve soil quality while aiding the environment.

The award, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will allow Richland County to conduct agricultural field trials in Richland, Dillon and Marlboro counties over a three-year period.

Five row-crop farmers will participate in the project, along with the University of South Carolina and the soil and water conservation districts in Dillon and Marlboro counties.

The Richland County project was one of seven in South Carolina to be funded through an innovation-grant program, according to a Monday news release from Richland County.

Staff reports

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