AL Conservation Tillage Workshops

Randall Weiseman Alabama, USDA-NRCS

Two conservation tillage workshops are being offered in Loxley and Dothan, Alabama, on January 23 and 24, both from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm, with registration starting at 7 am and a sponsored lunch included. The workshops target Alabama and Florida farmers who desire to learn more about conservation tillage methods from other farmers and conservation tillage researchers. Topics to …

Low Maintenance Landscape Plants on Display

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

A new display at the University of Florida Plant City campus arboretum can help landowners evaluate plants such as maidencane and marshhay cordgrass for low maintenance landscaping, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Specialist Mimi Williams with the Brooksville Plant Materials Center. Report (1:00 mp3)

Evaluating Plant Materials in Plant City

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center in Brooksville is working with the University of Florida’s Plant City campus arboretum to demonstrate and evaluate plant releases. Report (1:30 mp3)

FL State Conservationist Officially Moves On

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

Florida State Conservationist Niles Glasgow has officially moved on to South Carolina to become state conservationist there. Salvador Salinas, NRCS Deputy State Conservationist in Texas will be Acting State Conservationist for Florida until a permanent State Conservationist is named. Report (1:00 mp3)

Conservation Innovation Grants Deadline

Randall Weiseman USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for some 20 million dollars in Conservation Innovation Grants for fiscal year 2008. Deadline for applications in February 20. Find out more here. Report (1:00 mp3)

Help to Control Invasive Species

Randall Weiseman Alabama, USDA-NRCS

Invasive species like Cogan grass can be a problem for landowners, but USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has cost share assistance available to help control them. Report (1:00 mp3)

EQIP Funding Will be in Farm Bill

Randall Weiseman 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

Randall Weiseman 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)