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Scott, Cabinet Consider Okeechobee Land Deal

Dan Cattle, Environment, Industry News Release

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week are slated to consider a $5.7 million deal that would help protect more than 2,500 acres of land in Okeechobee County. Under the proposed deal, the state would buy a conservation easement on property known as Corona Ranch. Conservation easements protect land from development, but owners typically can continue to use …

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USDA Suspends CRP Enrollment

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would process many pending eligible offers for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program. USDA also announced it would suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year. All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through September 30th, 2017, except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative, …

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Conservation Reserve Program Gets Renewed Attention at Confirmation Hearing

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The Conservation Reserve Program got renewed attention at a recent confirmation hearing for nominees for top Department of Agriculture posts. Lawmakers focused on both acreage enrollment and emergency CRP haying and grazing. CRP has always been popular, but low crop prices and continuing droughts and other disasters are spurring renewed interest in the land conservation program. South Dakota Ag Senator …

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Alabama NRCS Announces Signup Batching Deadline

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama has announced that October 20th is the signup batching date for producers for 2018 funding for various conservation programs. They include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Signup Batching Deadline Announced for Alabama’s Natural …

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NACD Supports Farm Bill Coalition Recommendations

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition (FIFB) released its 2018 Farm Bill recommendations. The National Association of Conservation Districts has been an active participant in the creation of the recommendations, serving on two of the coalition’s working groups to ensure that NACD’s policies and principles were included. “The public expects clean air and water, healthy soils, and abundant wildlife habitat …

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Legislature Seeks Spring Trial in Conservation Funding Fight

Dan Industry News Release

News Service of Florida Attorneys for the Florida House and Senate have asked a judge to schedule a trial during the last week of March and the first week of April in a long-running battle about whether lawmakers have properly carried out a 2014 constitutional amendment that required setting aside money for land-conservation efforts. The request, filed Monday in Leon …

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Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Highlights Importance of Watershed Maintenance in Rural America

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing to examine efforts to address small watershed infrastructure. Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-3) and members heard from two panels of witnesses who underscored the importance of technical and financial assistance to maintain these watershed structures. “For nearly 70 years, rural communities have benefited from federal investments in watershed projects …

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Georgia Receives Conservation Innovation Grants

Dan Environment, Georgia, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced they will award more than $22.6 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. Georgia will receive funding for various projects totaling well over $2 million.

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Florida Receives Conservation Innovation Grants

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced they will award more than $22.6 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. Florida will receive funding for three projects totaling almost $2 million.