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 …


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. …


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 …


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, …


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, …


Florida NRCS Holding RCPP Workshop This Week

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continues their launch of the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Potential partners are encouraged to submit proposals that will improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. And Florida NRCS will conduct two RCPP Workshops, with the first workshop being held this week. It will take place Wednesday, …


The Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor

Dan Ag "Outdoors", Florida, USDA-NRCS

The Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor, or “O2O,” connects habitat supporting the Florida black bear, the red-cockaded woodpecker, eastern indigo snake and gopher tortoise. Landowners are encouraged to learn how a local nonprofit has teamed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida (NRCS) and other conservation groups to create a greenway that protects the Florida …


Saving Florida’s Treasured Wetlands

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

Many living in the state of Florida understand why wetlands are treasures of the state. But according to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly half of 20.3 million wetland acres have been lost since settlers began draining and diking wetlands in the 19th century. And of course the growing population threatens what remains. So USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation service …