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Florida State Conservationist Speaks to Cattlemen

Dan Cattle, Florida, USDA-NRCS

A great crowd is on hand for the 2021 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Marco Island. Various speakers have already passed along information to ranchers from across the state. One of those was Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez. He told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants each producer to check with their local field office …

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High Tunnel System Grants Available in Florida

Dan Florida, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida is investing $300,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). These are for high tunnel systems that improve weather resiliency and improve degraded plant conditions. Florida State Conservationist, Juan Hernandez, explains why CIG is a competitive grant. Grants will be awarded to applicants matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-federal sources that can include cash or in-kind contributions. …

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NRCS Providing Support for Urban Farming

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Soil, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been assisting urban farmers for over 10 years. Since 2010, NRCS state offices have provided more than $18 million to 130 entities in the form of grants and agreements to support urban agriculture and conservation projects. From 2014 to 2019, NRCS completed more than 18,000 conservation practices totaling $41 million on urban farms …

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USDA Offering Compost and Food Waste Reduction Agreements

Dan USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans and they are part of …

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Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Announced

Dan Field Crops, Georgia, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. USDA will accept …

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Hurricane Season Begins

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

Federal Program Protects Public Safety Hurricane season officially begins today and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) may be able to help if your area suffers damage from a natural disaster. The program can relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, …

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Conservation Finance Can Mean Cleaner Air and Water and Healthier Soil

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the largest funder of conservation on private land in the U.S., supports producers’ transitions to beneficial farming and ranching practices. While these transitions can require an upfront cost, they also often lead to financial rewards. Healthy and resilient soils may lead to more productive crops requiring less fertilizer. And watersheds protected by forests and riverbanks with …

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Florida Natural Resource Meeting Web Conference is June 23

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Committee meeting June 23 from 10 a.m.- 12 noon by web conference. NRCS will seek recommendations and provide a report for fiscal year 2022 natural resource and program priority decisions. Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez, who will chair the meeting, says he seeks advice from the farmers, ranchers and …

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Florida Webinar to Explain How to Apply for CIG

Dan Conservation, Education, Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida recently announced they will be investing $300,000 for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for high tunnel systems that improve weather resiliency and improve degraded plant conditions. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12. And for those who would like more information on how to apply for a Florida state grant, a webinar will be held Thursday, May …

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USDA to Invest $15 Million through CIG Program

Dan Conservation, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing up to $15 million to support the development of new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. CIG partners use creative problem solving and innovation to address our nation’s water quality, air quality, soil health and …