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Farming in the City

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

Did you know 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas? From backyard community gardens to vacant lots, and along highways and on rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food. According to information provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia, these farmers are growing fresh, healthy produce and, at the same …

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Alabama Signup Batching Deadline Nearing for Conservation Programs

Dan Alabama, Environment, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants to remind producers that Jan. 25 is the signup batching deadline for fiscal year 2019 funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program.  Through RCPP, Sustainable Forestry and Landowner Retention (U.S. Endowment) will assist historically underserved forest landowners in select counties …

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Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida invites everyone to attend the Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival, January 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Forest off Waldo Road in Gainesville, FL. During the family-friendly festival, you can enjoy prescribed fire demonstrations, fire ecology tours, live wildlife, live music, food trucks, exhibits, quail mascot Burner …

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New “Ask NRCS” Brochure for Organic Farmers

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants organic producers to know there is a new booklet that was developed to assist in communicating about NRCS programs organic production. The new “Ask NRCS” brochure covers a variety of natural resource concerns and conservation practices including soils, water, air, plants, animals and energy.  Conservation technical assistance through NRCS helps farmers and ranchers address …

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Alabama NRCS Announces 2019 Small Farmer of the Year

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

Trylon Williams of Safford, Alabama has been named the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 2019 Small Farmer of the Year. Williams was recognized at the 76th Annual Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) Conference in Auburn, Alabama on November 12, 2018 by Alabama NRCS State Conservationist Ben Malone. An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Williams owns and …

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Alabama Irrigation Workshops

Dan Alabama, Education, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

The Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee has been working with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Auburn University (AU), to identify which watersheds will have funding priority. In response to this initiative, Alabama Extension will host two free irrigation workshops for producers that include trainings, as well as on-farm demonstrations of …

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Georgia NRCS Helped Beginning Produce Farm

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

In 2007, an old farm-stead in Paulding County, Georgia was purchased and eventually converted into a petting zoo and ice cream business. But after several years, a decision was made to change some aspects of the farm into a produce operation. With help from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia, improvements to the operation to make better use of the …

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NRCS Still Open

Dan USDA-NRCS

During the partial Federal Government shutdown, your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices are open. But, due to a lapse in federal funding, some USDA websites are not being actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. But information concerning various NRCS programs is still available at nrcs.usda.gov. NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural …