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2011-04-08 13:00:00

314 volunteers dedicated 9,500 hours to benefit conservation projects and efforts throughout California DAVIS, Calif., April 8, 2011 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office is celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2011, by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. Earth Team is NRCS's official volunteer program. Over the past 12 months, 314 volunteers dedicated approximately 9,500 hours of service...

2010-12-13 17:00:00

Funding Deadline Set for March 4, 2011 DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 13, 2010 /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 USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Over $2.4 million in special organic funding will be available to eligible producers in California as part of the Environmental Quality...

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...

2010-10-25 17:04:00

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Results tabulated from the first two years of a new voluntary air quality program show farmers are making significant improvements in reducing nitrous oxide emissions, precursors of ozone. Ed Burton, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for California, made today's announcement at the Souza Dairy Farm near Fresno, where he also committed $24 million to the program for 2011. The program splits with...

2010-10-22 11:16:00

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service: WHAT: Results have been tabulated from the first two years of a new air quality program, made available in the 2008 Farm Bill, for farmers in 36 California counties. The results will be announced on a participating farm near Fresno, Calif. A tour will continue on a second Fresno-area farm. The program, administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation...

2010-10-01 18:45:00

California Landowners have enrolled 100,000 Acres into WRP ARBUCKLE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced California's farmers and ranchers have now enrolled over 100,000 acres into the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). This announcement came during a celebration and wetlands tour at Joe Kalfsbeek's farm in Colusa County. "We are commemorating the voluntary conservation work of over 240 private landowners and...

2010-09-01 14:37:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the winning proposals for the 2010 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). "Among the 61 projects selected, six of them will directly benefit Pennsylvanians," announced Noel Soto, CIG program Coordinator for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). CIG invests in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches, with the goal of wide-scale adoption to...

2010-06-09 12:30:00

Applications will be accepted through June 23 DAVIS, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is offering voluntary, environmentally-friendly control options to California farmers near confirmed trappings of the foreign pest, European Grapevine Moth (EGVM). So far EGVM has been found in Fresno, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. One million dollars has been set aside by NRCS to assist grape...

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...

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...