Alabama Conservation Tillage Workshops

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Two one-day workshops are coming up for Alabama farmers who want to learn more about conservation tillage. January 25 – Landmark Park in Dothan – Call 334-774-2334 for information February 1 – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Visitor Center on Highway 67 between Decatur and Priceville – Call 256-353-6146 for information. Or contact your local NRCS or Soil and Water …

CSP Study Finds Room For Improvement

Cindy General, USDA-NRCS

The Senate agriculture committee met this week to review USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service programs, specifically the Conservation Security Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program. One of the witnesses was Dr. Kathleen Merrigan – Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University who did a study of the CSP and found that farmers really like the program, …

Soil Testing Makes Sense

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

With the high cost of fertilizer these days, one of the smartest moves a farmer can make before planting is to get a good soil sample test done. Eddie Jolly, agronomist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama says soil testing could save producers money. Report (1:30 wma)

Energy Conservation Conference

Cindy Alabama, Energy, USDA-NRCS

The Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D Council is hosting a conference next week in Huntsville to help producers conserve energy and save money. Energy Conservation Opportunities on the Farm will be held January 17-18 in Huntsville, Alabama. For registration information call the RC&D council in Decatur at (256) 353-6146 ext. 2, or visit the conference information website at rcdnet.org. …

NRCS Involved with GLCI

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is proud to be in partnership with others involved with the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.  Report (1:15 wma)

2007 Farm Bill May Be Greener

Cindy General, USDA-NRCS

Deputy Undersecretary Merlyn Carlson of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service says the 2007 Farm Bill may have more conservation initiatives than 2002. Report (1:00 wma)

Conservation Innovation Grants Available

Cindy General, USDA-NRCS

USDA-NRCS is requesting proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG program is designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. More information can be found on the NRCS website. Report (1:00 wma)

Importance of Crop Residue

Cindy Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Residue management is an important component of a conservation tillage system. Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service Agronomist Ben Moore says crop residue accomplishes a number of goals. Find out about Alabama NRCS programs at www.al.nrcs.usda.gov Report (1:00 wma)