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NRCS Still Open


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 offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural …

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New NRCS Chief is a Farmer


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.


USDA Updates Wetland Determination Guidance


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 …