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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 …

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 …

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New NRCS Chief is a Farmer

Dan USDA-NRCS

Last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of (Matthew J.) “Matt” Lohr to serve as Chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Virginia native brings a lifetime of agriculture experience to his new post, as he is a 5th generation family farmer.

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USDA Updates Wetland Determination Guidance

Dan USDA-NRCS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is improving the process in how it makes wetland determinations, updating guidance to improve consistency and timeliness as well as to responding to feedback from farmers and other stakeholders. The updates do not change the definition of a wetland for USDA program participation purposes, but rather provides greater …

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Restoring a Species: Northern Bobwhite Quail

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

Sportsmen were alarmed, landowners worried as they watched the northern bobwhite population plummet at the turn of the century. In the last 50 years, annual populations are down 85 percent in the United States. Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation on a continental scale has silenced its iconic call across rural America. In Florida, a former private hunting plantation is leading the …

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Florida NRCS Signup Deadline is Friday

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until December 21 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2019 funding. While applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year. Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve …

northern bobwhite

Restoring a Species: Northern Bobwhite Quail

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

Sportsmen were alarmed, landowners worried as they watched the northern bobwhite population plummet at the turn of the century. In the last 50 years, annual populations are down 85 percent in the United States. Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation on a continental scale has silenced its iconic call across rural America. In Florida, a former private hunting plantation is leading the …

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Special EQIP Signup Ends Friday in Georgia

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia has a reminder for ranchers and forestland owners who suffered damage to working lands due to Hurricane Michael. This Friday, Dec. 14, is the deadline to apply for funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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Special EQIP Signup Ends Friday in Florida

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has a reminder for ranchers and forestland owners who suffered damage to working lands due to Hurricane Michael. This Friday, Dec. 14, is the deadline to apply for funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).