Mobile County

NRCS Seeks Proposals for Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership

Dan Conservation, Environment, Soil, USDA-NRCS

You only have about two more months to get in a proposal for the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. Proposals are developed through a collaborative process between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Forest Service and local partners. Past partners have included county, state, non-governmental, Tribal, utilities or private individual stakeholders. NRCS and Forest Service national offices will evaluate the …

anniversary

It’s Earth Day: Anniversary of the Birth of the Modern Environmental Movement

Dan Conservation, Environment, Pollinators, Soil, This Land of Ours

Today, April 22nd is Earth Day. More about that coming up on This Land of Ours. Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970. Earlier this month Pique Action and earthday.org announced a strategic partnership as part of the ‘Invest In …

Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Seeking Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Nominations

Dan Citrus, Conservation, Environment, Pollinators, Soil

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has opened the nomination period for the 2022 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. Nominations must be submitted to FDACS by April 15, 2022. Get the nomination form here. “Through work in soil and conservation, pesticide and nutrient management, wildlife habitat conservation, and so much more … significant environmental contributions are the backbone of Florida’s thriving agriculture …

georgia cotton commission

GCC, UGA Extension Remind Growers About the Importance of Soil Sampling

Clint Thompson Georgia Cotton Commission, Soil

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) and University of Georgia Extension remind growers about the importance of soil sampling this time of year. With fertilizer prices skyrocketing in recent months, producers need to have a plan about what nutrients are needed in their soils, says Glen Harris, University of Georgia (UGA) Professor and Extension Agronomist in Environmental Soil …

Grassland

USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts

Dan Environment, Soil, Soil, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they will invest?$10?million?in?a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. The investment seeks to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. USDA says CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, …

food waste reduction

USDA Compost and Food Waste Reduction Applications are Due Friday

Dan Environment, Soil, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. But the deadline to apply is Friday, July 16. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste …

investment

Investment in Land and Water Conservation Announced by USDA

Dan Conservation, Environment, Soil, USDA, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service will invest more than $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects. Their objective is to conserve critical forest and wetland habitat, support the economic recovery of rural communities and increase public access to national forests and grasslands. This investment will improve public access by funding strategic land acquisitions. Funds will also …

probiotics

Why Probiotics Should Be Added to the Garden Soil

Dan Soil, This Land of Ours

How and why probiotics should be added to your garden soil. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. We’ve all heard how using probiotics can help improve our overall gut health.  But you may not know that probiotic gardening can improve your plant’s health! Probiotic gardening is all about nurturing your soil to encourage the highest quality minerals, nutrients, …

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USDA Investing to Protect Communities in Florida

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, Forestry, Irrigation, Soil, USDA-NRCS, Water

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be investing more than $46 million this year through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership for projects that mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality, and restore healthy forest ecosystems on public and private lands. Through the projects, USDA’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working hand-in-hand with agricultural producers, forest landowners, and …

greenhouse gas

UF Scientist Finds Way to Reduce Greenhouse Gas in Soil

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Soil

(UF/IFAS) — When soil gets saturated with water, the ground can produce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that depletes the ozone, that the layer protects plants and animals on Earth from harmful ultraviolet light. For context, nitrous oxide is 310 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, another greenhouse gas that’s harmful to the ozone layer. That’s why it’s important to …