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USDA Invests to Protect Florida’s Natural Resources

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

(USDA/NRCS) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it is investing $16,508,441 million in Florida for partner-driven conservation projects through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will leverage $20,822,664 million in partner contributions. “I’m excited to announce the first RCPP awards under the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Florida State Conservationist Rafael Vega (acting). “Through collaboration and aligning …

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Florida NRCS Extends Agricultural Land Easement Signup

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The deadline for applications to fund Agricultural Land Easements in Florida has been extended to May 6. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida provides financial assistance to conservation partners to purchase an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically …

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Florida Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Deadline Extended

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The deadline for applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida for 2020 has been extended to April 6. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. …

Mapping Soils in the Florida Everglades

Dan Florida, Soil, USDA-NRCS

During the South Florida sweltering heat this past August, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Scientists Craig Prink and Martin Figueroa were out collecting soil samples in the Everglades in an effort to build a map that helps land managers understand resource concerns affecting the ecosystem, water quality and wildlife. Martin said, “This is the first digital soil map developed in Florida, on …

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Everglades: Soil Mapping the River of Grass

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

(USDA/NRCS Florida) — In the south Florida sweltering heat, soil scientists Craig Prink and Martin Figueroa suit up in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, and tightly wrap bandanas around their faces to protect against the sun, water glare, and insects. Heavy gloves and neoprene footwear keep the serrated-edged sawgrass from slicing their skin when they wade through the water. They …

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Florida NRCS to Hold Natural Resource Meeting

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has announced this meeting is postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced soon, but the State Technical Committee will not be held on November 19th. We will announce the new date once it has been set. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Committee meeting on Nov. …

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Florida NRCS to Conduct RCPP Workshop Wednesday

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the launch of the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). And Florida NRCS will conduct one more RCPP Workshop. It will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium in Sebring. The workshop will cover program requirements, the application process, and project evaluations. Potential …

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Sign Up Ends October 15 for HFRP in Florida

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners that the sign up period for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) ends next Tuesday, October 15.  It is a Farm Bill program that purchases conservation and provides cost share funding for conservation management. This program is for landowners with property within the O2O Corridor in the Florida counties of Columbia, …

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Florida NRCS Holds RCPP Workshop, One More Coming

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The launch of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) continues. And to provide information for those interested, Florida NRCS held a RCPP Workshop Wednesday at the Florida Farm Bureau office in Gainesville. Nina Bhattacharyya, assistant state conservationist for partnerships in Florida, told Southeast AgNet they had a great meeting. RCPP eligible partners include private industry, non-government organizations, …