conservation

USDA Announces More than $22 Million in Conservation Innovation

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the agency will award more than $22.6 million to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation.  The agency is investing in 33 projects nationwide through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which helps develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and …

Florida is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners are Doing About It

The drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if the rainy season starts soon, according …

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Two Florida NRCS Sign-up Deadlines This Week

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners interested in restoring a longleaf pine forest and build habitat for northern bobwhite quail habitat, you have until this Friday, May 19, to apply for financial assistance. Funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Contact your local USDA service center for more information. Plus, agricultural …

Mother’s Day on the Farm

Supermom Angela Starling from Live Oak, Florida, has three full-time jobs: mother, farmer and director of a medical/surgical department. She takes care of kids and family, baby goats and cows, abandoned dogs, a rescue horse–and their land. A mother’s work is never done. Cliff and Angela were high school sweethearts. After marriage, college, having kids and moving with Cliff’s job …

Florida bobwhite quail

Florida’s Northern Bobwhite Quail Decline

The Bobwhite Quail in Florida is in trouble. In fact, populations across Florida and throughout the southeastern U.S. have dropped from an estimated 31 million to only 5.5 million in the past 50 years. That’s 80 percent of the population just gone. But through a special 2017 sign up ending May 19, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in …