EQIP Funding Will be in Farm Bill

Cindy Alabama, USDA-NRCS

The 2007 Farm Bill has yet to be finalized but conservation funding is a given and the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP is high on the priority list according to Steve Musser with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama. Report (1:00 mp3)

FL NRCS Accomplishments

Cindy Florida, USDA-NRCS

Florida State Conservationist Niles Glasgow talks about some of the projects he has overseen in Florida over the past 18 years. Glasgow is moving to South Carolina to become state conservationist there. Report (1:00 mp3)

AL Cattle Looking for Grass

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Cattle, Livestock, USDA-NRCS

The Alabama Forage Conference took place last week in Troy where producers from all over attended to learn the latest information in forages. And a NRCS Conservation Agronomist said that included ways to keep their cattle fed this winter.  Report (1:00 mp3)

“FARMS” Program Helps Conservation Effort in SW FL

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, USDA-NRCS

Some southwest Florida citrus producers are among those taking advantage of funding assistance through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), to install new infrastructure that will either improve surface water quality or reduce pumping from deep water wells in the area. The program is called FARMS. Hear more from SWFWMD’s Bill Orendorff in both …

FL State Conservationist Moving

Cindy Florida, USDA-NRCS

Florida State Conservationist Niles Glasgow is moving to South Carolina after more than 18 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida. Report (1:00 mp3)

Program for Farms called FARMS

Cindy Florida, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

There’s a program for farms called FARMS in the Soutwest Florida Water Management District that often works with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service on implementing production-scale agricultural BMP projects to provide resource benefits that include water quality improvement, reduction of upper Floridan aquifer withdrawals and/or conservation, restoration or augmentation of the area’s water resources and ecology. Report (1:30 mp3)

NRCS Helps Promote Census

Cindy Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is helping to promote the 2007 Census of Agriculture, while the National Ag Statistics Service helped them promote EQIP. Report (1:00 mp3) USDA NASS

Mallory Swamp Restoration

Cindy Florida, USDA-NRCS

The Suwannee River Water Management District and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida last week unveiled a new and improved Mallory Swamp, which is located in southeastern Lafayette County. Report (2:00 mp3)