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)

FL NRCS Irrigation Program Deadline

Cindy Florida, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

South Florida fruit and vegetable growers, sod producers and nursery operators who use irrigation at least nine months of the year may be eligible for cost share funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The batching deadline for this and all other NRCS EQIP programs for 2007 funding is Friday. Find out about Florida NRCS programs at www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov Report (:30 …

Florida NRCS Batching Deadline Friday

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

Friday is an important deadline for Florida farmers and ranchers who hope to participate in some major USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs next year, according to state conservationist Niles Glasgow. Find out about Florida NRCS programs at www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov  Report (1:00 wma)

December is Tree Planting Time

Cindy Alabama, Forestry, General, USDA-NRCS

It’s tree planting time in Alabama and state forester Tim Albritton says USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has some programs available to assist landowners. Find out about Alabama NRCS programs at www.al.nrcs.usda.gov. Report (1:00 wma)

FL EQIP Helps with Invasive Plants

Randall Weiseman Florida, USDA-NRCS

Next Friday, December 15th is the deadline to sign up for EQIP programs through your local NRCS office, as that’s the batching date for 2007 programs. And one of those programs can help landowners control invasive plants.  Report (1:30 wma)

New EQIP Programs For 07

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

The December 15 batching deadline for 2007 Environmental Quality Incentive Program initiatives is fast approaching and state conservationist Niles Glasgow is urging all producers to head into their county NRCS office to find out what’s new. Find out about Florida NRCS programs at www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov. Report (1:30 wma)