FRPP Proposals Sought

Cindy General, USDA-NRCS

Nearly $70 million is available to protect agricultural land nationwide through the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) in fiscal year 2007. NRCS will accept proposals through April 27 from state, federally recognized tribes and local governments and non-governmental organizations interested in working together to acquire conservation easements. Report (1:30 wma)

President Talks to Cattlemen

Cindy Cattle, General, USDA-NRCS

Speaking to cattle producers on Wednesday, President Bush discussed a number of issues, including trade and taxes. The president also talked about the 2007 Farm Bill and the administration’s proposal which includes increased funding for conservation programs. Read the president’s full remarks to the NCBA Spring Legislative Conference. Report (1:00 wma)

Alabama Watershed Assessment

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

During the next several months, local soil and water conservation districts will be conducting a Watershed Assessment to identify problems and potential solutions in watersheds throughout the state, according to the Alabama USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Report (1:00 wma)

Alabama Fish Pond Management

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Small fish ponds are big in Alabama and according to the Alabama USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, properly managed ponds provide excellent recreational opportunities. Report (1:30 wma)

Terrace Maintenance

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Farm terraces are an important component of conservation farming but keeping them operating properly requires good maintenance, according to the Alabama USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Report (1:00 wma)