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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...

2013-02-26 16:28:12

Deadline for 2013 is April 19 DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic production are invited to apply for technical and financial assistance through a national organic initiative administered by <acronym>USDA</acronym>'s Natural Resources Conservation Service <acronym>(NRCS)</acronym>. Applications for this ranking period are due at NRCS offices by April 19, for...

2012-05-17 10:21:45

DAVIS, Calif., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan presented USDA's prestigious Two Chiefs' Partnership Award to representatives of the Redwood Valley Collaborative (RVC) for their work in reducing the threat of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) disease in the Redwood Valley of California, during a brief ceremony at the Richard E. Lyng USDA Service Center in Davis yesterday. "This project is a great example of partnership and the ability of agencies...

2012-03-16 10:20:39

DAVIS, Calif., March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic production may qualify for technical and financial assistance through a national organic initiative administered by <acronym>USDA</acronym>'s Natural Resources Conservation Service <acronym>(NRCS)</acronym>. Applications for the second ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by March 30, for funding...

2011-10-07 14:15:00

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventy rice farmers in Glenn and Colusa County have signed contracts to participate in a $2.68 million pilot project with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to modify their rice fields and production practices to benefit shorebirds and waterfowl. In the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), rice farmers will engage in a number of practices strategically targeted to benefit the birds' migratory and breeding needs....

2010-12-02 14:51:00

Signup currently open DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White today announced increased funding to protect sage grouse populations and habitat in California and 10 other western states. "USDA will continue to provide significant resources to enhance and preserve sage grouse habitat and sustain working ranches and farms in the western United States," White said. "The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) supports both...

2010-05-27 15:37:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications in Adams, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Snyder and York Counties for approximately $1.1 million available to protect Pennsylvania's forest land through the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). In Pennsylvania, HFRP funding will be utilized to protect and improve critical habitat for the Indiana bat...