The new 2014 Farm Bill is the federal government’s primary agricultural and food policy tool. It supports many USDA programs, including the conservation programs administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Nationwide the Farm Bill is investing $3.4 billion in fiscal year 2014 in NRCS conservation programs and $18.7 billion total over the next five years.
These NRCS programs and services provide farmers and forest landowners in Delaware and across the country with technical expertise and financial assistance to identify and address resource concerns on their agricultural land.
The new 2014 Farm Bill streamlines key conservation programs while continuing to provide needed technical and financial assistance to farmers and forest landowners. The new farm bill continues its support for Historically Underserved and Beginning Farmers and now includes special provisions for military veterans.
For information on program highlights, eligibility requirements and more, visit www.de.nrcs.usda.gov and click on the 2014 Farm Bill image. Current contracts enrolled in Farm Bill programs are not affected.
Advancing Soil Health in Delaware
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Delaware hosted a forum last month on cover crops and soil health in which conservation partners, extension specialists, farmers and others had a productive discussion on the benefits and challenges of adopting soil health management systems in Delaware.
Participants not only learned about the types of management systems farmers were implementing around the country; they also discussed ideas on how to move soil health and cover crops forward in Delaware. Local producers voiced their ideas on how to get other producers on board with soil health. The majority of the ideas revolved around education, outreach and field days. Local producers agreed small, local meetings with other producers to discuss soil health would be most beneficial.
The forum concluded with the decision to formalize a soil health technical committee to increase cover crop adoption and advance soil health in the state. For more information on the importance of soil health on your operation, please visit NRCS online at www.de.nrcs.usda.govand click on the Unlock the Secrets in the Soil icon on the home page.
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