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Latest Natural Resources Conservation Service Stories

2010-07-12 17:59:00

DAVIS, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office received approximately $2.5 million to fund seven projects through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). CCPI helps farmers and ranchers on agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands achieve natural resource benefits such as clean air, clean water, productive soils and abundant wildlife. "This unique program allows us to partner...

2010-07-07 07:15:00

DAVIS, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office received approximately $6 million for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects to improve water quality and quantity on hundreds of farms throughout the state. For the second year in a row, California received the largest amount of funding in the United States for nine different AWEP projects. "AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that...

2010-06-25 12:00:00

Funding to Reduce Backlog of Applications for Diesel Engine Replacement DAVIS, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California announced $10 million in additional funding for farmers and ranchers interested in reducing air quality emissions from off-road mobile or stationary agricultural sources. This funding is in addition to over $13 million available earlier this year for agricultural air quality improvements through the...

2010-06-18 17:37:00

Increased Partnerships, Targeted Water Quality Efforts Focus of Showcase Watershed HERSHEY, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced Conewago Creek as Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Showcase Watershed during an event at the Eby-Patterson Farm in Hershey. Conewago Creek is joined by Upper Chester River in Maryland and Smith Creek in Virginia as one of three showcase watersheds to demonstrate what can be achieved by combining...

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...

2010-05-17 17:54:00

Individual Energy Audits Will Help Producers Reduce Energy Use DAVIS, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced an initiative designed to help California agricultural producers transition to more energy efficient operations. This initiative will make funding available for individual on-farm energy audits designed to save both money and energy when fully implemented. "Helping California's farmers and ranchers reduce...

2010-05-13 14:57:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Landowners still have time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) but the deadline for getting signed up for 2010 funds is approaching quickly. According to NRCS State Conservationist Denise Coleman, now is the time for producers and forest landowners who have considered applying for CSP to sign up at their local NRCS field offices. USDA recently announced June 11, 2010 as the national cutoff date, which will require...

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...