USDA Seeks Comments on WRP

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, USDA-NRCS

U.S.D.A’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is currently seeking public comments on the Wetlands Reserve Program, otherwise known as WRP, which provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to address wetland, wildlife habitat, soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural land. USDA encourages written comments on the interim final during the comment period which ends March 16th. …

Florida NRCS Cutoff Dates

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

The Florida-Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) applications will be accepted until close of business on February 27.The popular farm bill conservation programs offer technical and financial assistance to individuals interested in addressing natural resource concerns and wildlife habitat restoration. For more information …

FL NRCS Announces Signup Cutoff Dates

Randall Weiseman Cattle, Florida, General, Livestock, USDA-NRCS

State Conservationist Carlos Suarez with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida has announced the cutoff date for two farm bill conservation programs, as all applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) will be accepted until close of business on February 27, 2009.

NRCS Reminds Farmers of Available Programs

Randall Weiseman Alabama, USDA-NRCS

The Alabama NRCS wants to remind famers about the possibilities that their EQIP and WHIP programs offer. Alabama landowners, including limited resource producers and new or beginning farmers, who have resource concerns on pasture land, cropland, forest, or land used for wildlife, are encouraged to participate.

Grazing Land Conference Papers Accepted

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Livestock, USDA-NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants to remind producers about the Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands coming in December, and that conference sponsors are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster papers in various categories.

National Conference on Grazing Land

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida reminds everyone the 4th National Conference on Grazing Lands will be held in December 2009 but that conference sponsors are now starting to accept abstracts for oral and poster papers in various categories. To learn more about the conference or how to submit papers click Here

Gee Creek Project

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

Ed Torres, Public Works Director for the City of Casselberry, has had to deal with numerous hurricanes and tropical storms during his tenure. Most recently Tropical Storm Fay dumped around 16 inches of rain in a two day period, flooded the entire area and eroding all the streams creating a precarious situation for the residents adjacent. Torres turned to NRCS …

WHIP Project Ideas

Randall Weiseman Alabama, USDA-NRCS

The NRCS’s Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program is a voluntary program that allows land owners to improve and protect wildlife habitats by providing technical and financial assistance. But you may not know how to get started; Jim Shrenkel a wildlife biologist has a few ideas.

FL Sod BMP’s Save Money, Water

Gary Cooper Florida, General, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS

Florida sod producers now have a Best Management Practices program and a recent field day near New Smyrna Beach showed off what it can mean for conservation and water savings on Florida sod farms. The Florida office of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is a good place to start for producers looking for more information. Hear more in this report.

Florida NRCS Partnerships

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

Florida NRCS has seen great benefit from partnering with other conservation groups such as the Wildlife Conservation Commission. And Darryl Williams, a District Conservationist, says that the agreement just makes sense. For more information of NRCS and their programs log on to their website.