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2014-03-06 12:22:12

DAVIS, Calif., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Soil health is a journey to understand how to mimic nature," says Ray 'the-Soil-Guy' Archuleta, a conservationist and soil health instructor with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Farmers and anyone who wants to understand how to build more naturally fertile soil that also absorbs rainfall while requiring fewer inputs to produce a profitable crop, are invited to attend any of the four free seminars. The...

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...

2013-04-03 12:22:46

DAVIS, Calif., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring temperatures go up, it's an excellent time for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to focus their attention down to the soil below them. A spring check-up of your soil's health gives clues of your ground's ability to feed plants, hold water, capture carbon and more. No fancy equipment required. Just grab a spade or shovel and prepare your senses to dig a little and learn a lot. "It doesn't matter what kind of landowner you are,"...

2013-01-14 16:21:12

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carlos Suarez began his tenure today as State Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Suarez will assume leadership of the Agency's 350 employees in 55 offices across California from the state headquarters in Davis. NRCS employees work with Resource Conservation Districts and other partners to provide one-on-one conservation technical and planning assistance to thousands of farmers and...

2012-10-09 11:22:57

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's air, water, wetlands and wildlife habitat all received a significant boost in 2012 as private landowners joined with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to voluntarily invest approximately a quarter billion dollars in protecting and restoring natural resources. The federal portion of the investment, $154.2 million, comes from a mix of financial incentive and easement programs funded by the...

2012-07-10 06:22:10

DAVIS, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Audubon California have released final 2012 results on the status of the rare Tricolored Blackbird, a California Bird Species of Special Concern, found in California's Central Valley. Results show the species is having a good year, thanks in large part to four farmers who have agreed to partner with the conservation agencies. Together the farmers and biologists protected 60,000...

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 12:08:00

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in California is releasing eight short videos on YouTube, providing a quick glimpse into some of the Agency's most popular conservation opportunities (http://www.youtube.com/user/NRCSCalifornia). In four minutes or less viewers can meet a California farmer or rancher who is working with the Agency to solve a conservation dilemma, meet the conservationist who assists, and watch the process...

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....

2011-09-08 13:00:00

STOCKTON, Calif., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sitting in the middle of what is arguably the best walnut and cherry orchard land in the world is the Brandstad Farms. This highly productive land, located five miles east of Stockton, has been permanently preserved for agricultural production for future generations, the Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) announced today. "This is a beautiful example of California's prime farmland," CVFT executive director Bill Martin said. "This...