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USDA Service Centers Open for Business by Phone Appointment Only

Dan Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

(USDA/NRCS) — U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. USDA Service Centers will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will …

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USDA Still Inviting Input on RCPP Rule

Dan General, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is still seeking public comments on its interim rule for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS invites comments on this interim rule through April 13 on the Federal Register. RCPP helps partners develop and implement unique conservation solutions that engage farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. The rule, which is now available on the Federal …

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USDA Seeks Proposals for On-Farm Conservation

Dan USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through May 11 for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), now in its second year. On-Farm Trials, part of the agency’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural land. NRCS will invest up to $25 million …

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Georgia NRCS Conducting Conservation Easements Signup

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia reminds landowners interested in being considered for the fiscal year 2020 funding pool for this year’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), applications must be submitted by March 31, 2020. ACEP is a program with two components, Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE). ACEP-WRE applications are accepted directly from producers on eligible …

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Alabama NRCS 2020 Conservation Easements Program Sign-Up

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants landowners across the state to know the 2020 Agricultural Conservation Easements Program Wetland Reserve Easement (ACEP-WRE) sign-up deadline is March 23, 2020. This signup is for farmers, ranchers and private landowners to apply for financial and technical assistance. NRCS is encouraging Alabama producers and private landowners to submit their applications as soon as …

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March 20 is Application Cutoff for CSP Renewals in Georgia

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 20. Local NRCS offices mailed contract renewal modification letters to all participants whose contracts expire this year, and the letters contain instructions on how to apply. For 2014-1 CSP contract holders, only those who extended their contracts for one year …

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Florida Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Deadline Extended

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The deadline for applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida for 2020 has been extended to April 6. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. …

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Alabama NRCS Announces 2020 CSP Sign-Up

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama has announced the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program Classic and Renewal (CStP) sign-up for farmers, ranchers and private landowners to apply for financial and technical assistance. The application deadline for renewals is March 20, 2020 and May 29, 2020 for the classic sign-up. NRCS accepts CStP applications throughout the year but makes funding selections at …

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EQIP is the Workhorse of Conservation

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

Many landowners are familiar with EQIP, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. It provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver a variety of environmental benefits. According to NRCS Associate Chief, Kevin Norton, EQIP is the workhorse of conservation. Norton told Southeast AgNet that programs through EQIP are not just about traditional crop production. Learn more …

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EQIP Sign-Up Deadline in Georgia is Friday

Clint Thompson Georgia, USDA-NRCS

Georgia State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind agricultural producers and landowners in Georgia that Friday, Feb. 28 is the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding. This is for all general EQIP, as well as some special initiatives such as the Longleaf Pine, On-Farm Energy, …