USDA Offers Longleaf Pine Incentives

Cindy Alabama, USDA-NRCS

Longleaf pine forests provide numerous environmental benefits including wildlife habitat, but pine stands have been steadily declining. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is offering landowners some financial benefits to help increase those stands with a new continuous enrollment category for longleaf pine under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Report (1:00 wma)

Conservation Help for New and Low Income Farmers

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers would receive some extra help for conservation efforts under the new farm bill proposed by the Bush administration, something that will help many in Florida according to State Conservationist Niles Glasgow. Report (:45 wma)

Farm Bill Proposal Would Simplify CSP

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

Simplifying conservation programs is one of the goals of the Bush administration’s 2007 Farm Bill Proposal. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Arlen Lancaster says that is especially true for the Conservation Security program. Report (1:00 wma) Florida State Conservationist Niles Glasgow says the proposed changes in CSP would make the program much more beneficial for Florida producers. Report (1:30 …

County NRCS Office Sustains Tornado Damage

Cindy Florida, USDA-NRCS

Due to the damage sustained by a tornado February 2, the Deland Field Office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has moved field office operations to the USDA Service Center located in Ocala at 2303 NE Jacksonville Road, Suite 200. The telephone number is (352) 622-3971 Extension 3. The Deland NRCS field office serves Volusia and Flagler Counties. Report …

More Detail on Conservation Proposals

Cindy General, USDA-NRCS

Top USDA officials are out in the countryside this week explaining the administration’s farm bill proposals. I talked with Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Arlen Lancaster about the conservation proposals, which include an increase in conservation funding of 7.8 billion dollars. Report (2:00 wma)

USDA Releases Farm Bill Proposals

Cindy Cotton, General, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Wednesday unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 farm bill proposals. The more than 65 proposals correspond to the 2002 farm bill titles with additional special focus areas, including specialty crops, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged producers. Details are available at www.usda.gov/farmbill. Among the proposals are payment limitations and increased conservation funding. Conservation Report …