LANSING — Included in Gov. Whitmer’s executive budget recommendation for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year was $10 million in one-time funding that would leverage $250 million in federal support to reestablish the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for farmers in Michigan. The CREP supports participating farmers implementing conservation practices to filter nutrients before reaching water sources and to reduce run-off from fields and algal blooms. In response, state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) issued the following statement:

“Michigan’s successful agricultural industry and the quality of our natural resources are intimately connected, which is why it’s so important for us to support the funding proposed by Gov. Whitmer for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Our farmers have demonstrated their dedication to use good conservation practices, now it’s our turn to step up and revitalize this important program in Michigan. The governor’s proposal makes it clear that she recognizes the importance of helping our hardworking farmers and our environment, and I’m proud to support this responsible plan to do so.”