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USDA Expands Sign Up for Georgians Affected by Hurricane Michael

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

State leaders for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced another sign up for Georgia’s farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who suffered damage to working lands due to Hurricane Michael but were not eligible for previous sign ups. State Executive Director Tas Smith, for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph, for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service …

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Water Management Workshops for Georgia Producers

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants to make sure producers are aware of the statewide Water Management Workshop Series taking place across the state. The University of Georgia (UGA) and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) extension programs have partnered with NRCS to host these workshops. The next one will be held April 3 at the Houston County Extension …

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Water Management Workshops in Georgia

Dan General, USDA-NRCS, Water

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia invites producers across the state to take part in the upcoming statewide Water Management Workshop Series. University of Georgia (UGA) and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) extension programs have partnered with NRCS to host these workshops. While they are geared towards smaller acreage and new/beginning farmers, they are open to all who …

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Georgia Natural Resources Conservation Workshop Scholarships

Dan Education, Georgia, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants high school students to know that over $17,000 in college scholarships will be on the line for those attending this year’s Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW), June 9-13 at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton. In a release, NRCW Interim Director, Kip Hall, said “The workshop provides an excellent opportunity …

Georgia Farmer Receives National Award

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

During the recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) annual meeting, James Vaughn of Forsyth, Georgia was named the 2019 “Friend of Conservation”. This award recognizes an individual, business or agency for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources. Vaughn was nominated by the Towaliga Conservation District and the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts. Vaughn Farms is a family-owned …

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Georgia Water Management Workshops

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS, Water

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia invites producers across the state to take part in the upcoming statewide Water Management Workshop Series. University of Georgia (UGA) and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) extension programs have partnered with NRCS to host these workshops. While they are geared towards smaller acreage and new/beginning farmers, they are open to all who wish to attend and learn.  The …

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Georgia Veteran Farmer Keeps Serving Others

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

Jon Jackson, a former Army Ranger, is furthering his post-military mission of service through agriculture in Milledgeville, Georgia. He’s worked with USDA and his local community to create Comfort Farms, the nation’s first Acute Veterans Crisis Agriculture Center and “a healing farm for veterans.” After years of service with the U.S. Army, Jackson returned home and like many veteran farmers, discovered he …

Georgia Resource Fair at Two Ag Forecast Meetings

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is adding a Resource Fair to their Ag Forecast meetings in Bainbridge on January 31 and in Tifton on February 1. And USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia will be at both of those events to share resources available for those affected by Hurricane Michael. Both public and private ag …

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Farming in the City

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS

Did you know 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas? From backyard community gardens to vacant lots, and along highways and on rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food. According to information provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia, these farmers are growing fresh, healthy produce and, at the same …

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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 …