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2012-05-08 06:26:25

Landowners in five watersheds will receive targeted funding to improve water quality DAVIS, Calif., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In conjunction with a national water quality initiative, The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will invest $2.5 million in targeted funds to improve water quality in five high priority watersheds in California. "NRCS California is proud to participate in this national campaign to add on-farm water quality...

2012-03-29 06:22:06

DAVIS, Calif., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California announces four new focus areas where $8.5 million will be made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help producers undertake water quality and water conservation projects. Applications are due April 20, 2012. "All of these new project areas are being made possible through an NRCS national landscape conservation...

2011-12-15 11:43:00

$131 Million Invested in Conservation in California in Fiscal Year 2011 Conservation planning and funding helped California's farmers and ranchers get significant conservation on the ground DAVIS, Calif., Dec.15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California worked hand-in-hand with thousands of farmers and ranchers, awarding $131 million to help them protect water, soil and air resources, wildlife, forests, and rangelands...

2011-02-07 12:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Applications are being accepted through Feb. 25, 2011, to assist farmers and ranchers conduct on-farm energy audits to improve their overall energy efficiency. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) launched this initiative in fiscal year 2010 and this is the second year for applications. "These audits help landowners understand their energy usage, and NRCS funding provides them opportunities to implement many of the...

2010-05-27 15:45:00

Conservation Stewardship Program Sign Up Ends June 11, 2010 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agricultural producers and non-industrial forestland owners maintaining conservation practices may be eligible to receive up to $40,000 a year for the next 5 years through the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program, announced Denise Coleman, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist. "But, time is running out to apply." USDA recently announced June 11,...

2010-05-21 09:30:00

Infrastructure and management honed to better use manure resource DAVIS, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Bill conservation programs will invest approximately $11.8 million in 2010 for contracts with California dairy and other livestock farmers to implement conservation practices that will help them comply with regulations, manage and use the manure from their animals to fertilize their crops and improve water quality....

2010-05-19 17:04:00

Applications are Due July 2nd for Next Ranking DAVIS, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More funding is now available for California's farmers and ranchers to voluntarily restore and enhance wetlands. The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is receiving an additional $10 million for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) this year. "Since California has lost over 90 percent of its historic wetland habitat, this increase in funding offers even more...

2010-05-13 14:56:00

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Obama Administration officials yesterday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will expand and accelerate its efforts to restore clean water throughout the 64,000 square-mile Chesapeake Bay Watershed. "A thriving agricultural sector is critical to restoring the Chesapeake Bay," NRCS Chief Dave White said. "Thanks to the 2008 Farm Bill, NRCS has unprecedented ability to help...

2010-04-27 08:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marks the 75th anniversary of a federal landmark in conservation. It was the beginning of a conservation commitment on private land as Congress established the Soil Conservation Service in the U. S. Department of Agriculture, known today as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader in comprehensive natural resource planning and protection on private lands, ensuring they are...

2010-04-06 14:43:00

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for projects through May 17, 2010 DAVIS, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California agricultural and conservation groups are invited to apply for $20.7 million available through a nationwide 2010 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) sign up. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the water-enhancement program and is accepting proposals from California and across the United States from now until May...