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2013-11-20 16:22:08

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's air, water, soil, wildlife and landscapes all received a healthy boost in federal fiscal year 2013. Over 2400 farmers and ranchers joined with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partners to voluntarily invest time and money in protecting and restoring natural resources under their care. Each participant worked with NRCS to create a conservation plan to identify and schedule the conservation...

2013-11-19 20:20:36

Applications are due to NRCS Offices by December 20th for consideration SALINAS, Calif., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is again taking applications for funding for technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to protect the Monterey Bay Region. The Monterey Bay Conservation Program is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to protect water resources in this...

2013-11-15 16:21:11

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) have until Dec. 20, 2013, to do so. AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and...

2013-11-15 16:21:10

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) have until Dec. 20, 2013, to do so. WHIP is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on lands with the potential to grow crops, livestock or timber. Highest priority applications are those enhancing...

2013-10-18 16:20:52

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The <acronym>USDA</acronym> Natural Resources Conservation Service <acronym>(NRCS)</acronym> today announced that applications will be accepted to assist private landowners in California affected by wildfires in the last 18 months. Financial assistance for implementing conservation practices may be available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications for this initiative...

2013-10-18 12:21:34

Eligible producers are encouraged to apply for assistance by Nov. 15, 2013 DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For those <acronym>farm and ranch operators, as well as non-industrial private timber managers</acronym> and Tribes, who are interested in applying for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) Farm Bill conservation program financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the <acronym>USDA</acronym> Natural...

2013-09-24 20:20:31

The work resulted in 14,850 acre-feet-of-water saved LOS BANOS, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller toured local farmland today that is benefiting from a federal partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to protect the Bay-Delta Watershed. Approximately $6 million was invested by the two agencies, from 2011 - 2013, to upgrade irrigation water...

2013-06-13 16:22:07

DAVIS, Calif., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Typically it wouldn't be especially noteworthy that six Tulare and Kern County farmers finished harvesting their silage crops last week, even if it is a little later than usual. However, the actions of these six farmers, with help from conservationists at USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Audubon California, have resulted in saving more than 65,000 rare Tricolored Blackbirds. The species is now federally listed...

2013-05-31 16:21:11

DAVIS, Calif., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will provide funding to enroll agricultural acreage this year into the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Nationwide, NRCS will allocate $175 million to enroll up to 12.6 million additional acres this year. The voluntary program allows landowners to go the extra mile in conserving natural resources while also maintaining or increasing the productivity of their...

2013-05-29 16:21:36

RIVERSIDE, Calif., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The <acronym>USDA</acronym> Natural Resources Conservation Service <acronym>(NRCS)</acronym> is accepting applications for funding to apply conservation practices on non-industrial private forestland and shrub land areas in seven Southern California counties. The application deadline is Friday, June 7, 2013. This special funding is being made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program under...