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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...

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...

2010-05-07 09:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If USDA and the Xerces Society have their way, long rows of native wildflowers, clovers and blooming shrubs could border agricultural fields all across California. Currently the concept is in full bloom at USDA's Plant Materials Center (PMC) near Lockeford, Calif., where the partners hope to demonstrate to farmers and the public both the beauty and the practical benefits of planting forbs such as California poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes,...

2010-03-24 19:00:00

California Signup Runs Through April 23rd DAVIS, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications through April 23rd in four eastern California counties for participation in a new initiative. The effort is designed to improve sage grouse habitat while promoting the overall health of grazing land and the long-term sustainability of ranching operations. These California signups are part of a national...

2010-03-15 12:55:00

Project Will Reduce Flooding and Provide More Recreation Opportunities SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Nature Conservancy of California announced they have signed the conservation easement for a $2.2 million project in the Cosumnes River Watershed, funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Restoration planning efforts will begin soon on the 600+-acre project. One year...

2010-03-05 11:09:00

Funding is split to cover two areas within the watershed totaling 29.8 acres WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced floodplain easements have been signed and restoration work will begin shortly on a $357,000 project for the Pajaro River Watershed, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding is divided between two adjacent properties both of which will help to...

2010-02-17 18:17:00

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) highlighted the investments in California that are taking place as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). One year after the passage of ARRA, the Recovery Act is providing $23,315,315 for flood control and water quality work through public and private partnerships and contracts. "President Obama's Recovery Act has helped create and save jobs while...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.