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eNewsbytes-November 2013

News Updates from DE NRCS and Conservation Partners


Greetings from Delaware’s New State Conservationist

Kasey Taylor, New Delaware NRCS State Conservationist

I just want to begin by saying, “thank you.” I arrived in Delaware a week ago with my husband and two sons and already the employees and partners whom I’ve met with have made me feel welcomed and at home. I am grateful.

To those partners and employees that I have yet to meet, I look forward to personally introducing myself to you. We are planning an open house in early December.  If I haven’t made my rounds your way, I hope you will come out to see me and the new USDA Rural Development Director Bill McGowan. Open house details are forthcoming.

My goal is to help Delaware NRCS strengthen its programs, expand initiatives and support partnerships that help us get conservation on the ground. I know that Delaware is a leader in conservation and I only want to further our impact. However, in those areas where we can strengthen, I want to offer my expertise to meet those challenges.

I am ready to get to work in the Great state of Delaware. I have an open door policy and look forward to your insight about agricultural, environmental and related topics statewide.

Thank you again for all of your support and expect to hear from me soon.

Sincerely,

Kasey Taylor
Delaware NRCS State Conservationist


Delaware Growers Cut Costs by Conserving Energy

It can taThe Lees are already enjoying benefits of their recently installed conservation practices.kea lot of energy to raise chickens as farmers have to control the temperature and lighting in houses, meaning high costs and high energy use.

But with help from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) poultry producers can cut their costs while conserving energy. Two farm families in Delaware are already noticing valuable differences after they installed several energy practices on their poultry headquarters

Click here for the full story.

 

Caption: Mr. & Mrs. Lee are already enjoying immediate benefits resulting from their recently installed energy practices.


Helping Habitat to Help Bog Turtles

Did you know that the greatest threat to bog turtles is their loss of habitat due to development and invasive plants?

This American Land, a public TV series, recenBog turtles are America’s smallest turtle.tly featured the conservation work that NRCS is doing through the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative to restore bog turtle habitat.  

The video includes footage from Delaware and includes commentary from Holly Niederriter, Wildlife Biologist with DNREC. You can watch the highlight video here. (Delaware specific video begins at 4:59.)

Caption: Bog turtles are America's smallest turtles.

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Distributed November 19, 2013