USDA announced Thursday the availability of $150 million in funding to help producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add 10 million acres to the Conservation Stewardship Program this year through the funding. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the program “results in real change” and enables producers to “achieve higher levels of conservation.” USDA suggests producers interested in the program should submit applications by the end of March. Funding is available for more than 100 kinds of enhancements nationwide, including improving soil quality through the use of cover crops, improving water quality, and restoring habitat for wildlife. More information is online at www.nrcs.usda.gov.