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2012-07-25 23:03:21

Ducks Unlimited voices support for NAWCA reauthorization, duck stamp price increase and electronic access. WASHINGTON (PRWEB) July 25, 2012 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously reported to the Senate floor today three bills important to conservation and of priority interest to Ducks Unlimited: S. 2282, reauthorizing the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2017; S. 2156, increasing the price of the federal duck stamp; and S. 2071, making online...

2012-06-21 23:03:29

World's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation expresses support for strong conservation title, stands ready to help carry farm bill forward. WASHINGTON (PRWEB) June 21, 2012 Ducks Unlimited announced its appreciation today following the U.S. Senate's 64-35 passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. The $969.9 billion bipartisan bill maintained a conservation title that will benefit wildlife and people. Critical conservation initiatives include the Conservation Reserve Program, a conservation...

2012-03-02 12:44:00

One million acre initiative will help restore grasslands, wetlands, wildlife habitat WASHINGTON, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) praised Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's announcement today to offer producers the option to preserve grasslands, wetlands and wildlife habitat by enrolling a total of 1 million acres of land in a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers CRP, will set aside...

2010-11-05 15:39:13

Estimating the long-term impact of agriculture on land is tricky when you don't have much information about what a field was like before it was farmed. Some fields in Missouri started producing crops more than a century ago"”long before anyone kept detailed records about the physical and chemical properties of the soil in a field. Researchers can't go back in time to revisit old fields in their pristine state, but a University of Missouri graduate student did perhaps the next best...

2010-10-05 12:13:00

Funding amount equals a record setting year for NRCS California DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office is pleased to announce that approximately $139 million in federal funding was invested this fiscal year for conservation activities throughout the State of California. The funding was distributed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program...

2010-03-24 19:00:00

California Signup Runs Through April 23rd DAVIS, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications through April 23rd in four eastern California counties for participation in a new initiative. The effort is designed to improve sage grouse habitat while promoting the overall health of grazing land and the long-term sustainability of ranching operations. These California signups are part of a national...

2010-03-19 15:32:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David Brown, Acting State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pennsylvania has announced that applications are still being accepted for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) organic initiative. Pennsylvania farmers transitioning to organic agriculture or those who are certified organic are encouraged to apply for assistance to implement conservation practices on their land. The cutoff...

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2010-03-19 09:42:52

The scramble to find sufficient land for biofuel production has experts eyeing marginal croplands that have been placed in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Now a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists indicates that plant species diversity and composition are key factors in potential energy yield per acre from biomass harvested from CRP land. Agronomist Paul Adler, who works at the ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, Pa., led...

2009-08-10 18:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new program is available to California agricultural and forestry producers offering financial incentives to adopt additional conservation activities on their land. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary program that encourages producers to maintain existing conservation activities and add new ones. "This program is for those willing to do additional conservation activities over and above their current stewardship...

2009-05-28 09:17:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced it is the lead investor in "GreenTrees," a program that aims to reforest 1 million acres in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The program is expected to generate high-quality, verifiable carbon offsets that Duke Energy believes will help reduce the overall cost of compliance with federal climate change legislation. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040414/DUKEENERGYLOGO) GreenTrees seeks to...