AL Provides Funding for FRPP

Randall Weiseman Alabama, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service offers the Farm and Ranch Land Protection program, which also has received matching funds in Alabama to help keep productive farmland in agriculture usage.  Report (1:15 wma) 

FRPP Proposals Sought

Randall Weiseman General, USDA-NRCS

Nearly $70 million is available to protect agricultural land nationwide through the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) in fiscal year 2007. NRCS will accept proposals through April 27 from state, federally recognized tribes and local governments and non-governmental organizations interested in working together to acquire conservation easements. Report (1:30 wma)

President Talks to Cattlemen

Randall Weiseman Cattle, General, USDA-NRCS

Speaking to cattle producers on Wednesday, President Bush discussed a number of issues, including trade and taxes. The president also talked about the 2007 Farm Bill and the administration’s proposal which includes increased funding for conservation programs. Read the president’s full remarks to the NCBA Spring Legislative Conference. Report (1:00 wma)

Alabama Watershed Assessment

Randall Weiseman Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

During the next several months, local soil and water conservation districts will be conducting a Watershed Assessment to identify problems and potential solutions in watersheds throughout the state, according to the Alabama USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Report (1:00 wma)

Lack of Appropriations Budget Challenges Conservation

Randall Weiseman General, USDA-NRCS

Officials with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are being challenged to provide good technical assistance for producers while running conservation programs on a continuing resolution, but they are meeting the challenge. Report (1:00 wma)

Alabama Fish Pond Management

Randall Weiseman Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Small fish ponds are big in Alabama and according to the Alabama USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, properly managed ponds provide excellent recreational opportunities. Report (1:30 wma)