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NRCS Emphasizes Energy at Ag Week 2012

 

 

 

 

NRCS Emphasizes Energy at Ag Week 2012

As one of many committed supporters to Delaware Ag Week, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) did what it does every year-- NRCS employees reached out to as many participants as possible to provide information on conservation programs and services.  While many responses were, “Oh, I’ve heard about NRCS” or “Yeah, I work with Ziggy down in Sussex County,” there were several farmers unfamiliar with NRCS—a central reason why NRCS is so supportive–Outreach.  Ag Week gives NRCS an avenue to help those unfamiliar with the agency address natural resource concerns on their operation.

From Jan. 16-21, Delaware Ag Week 2012 provided valuable information to the agricultural community through informative workshops and events attended by approximately 1,700 people.  Workshops at Ag Week covered a wide range of topics from DE Nutrient Management to Food Safety—many classes with standing room only.  Several producers said they make it a point to attend every year.  Some come to receive credits; others seek new information.  

This year, the focus of NRCS’ exhibit was the On-Farm Energy Initiative.  Landowners new to the initiative received fact sheets highlighting the Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), which is required to develop energy conservation recommendations on a farm.  Other material distributed focused on conservation practices geared toward energy efficiency and cost-reduction such as irrigation water management, pump replacements, residue tillage and cover crops, among others.  NRCS program specialists Tim Garrahan and Jayme Arthurs also presented information on farm bill programs during several Ag Week workshops.

Ag Week is an ongoing collaboration between University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.  For more information on Ag Week, visit http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/.2012.  For additional information on Delaware NRCS programs and services, visit www.de.nrcs.usda.gov or contact your local USDA Service Center. 

Top photo caption:  NRCS District Conservationist Marianne Hardesty discusses farm bill conservation programs with a New Castle County landowner.

Bottom photo caption: This was the scene of several workshops during Ag Week 2012—standing room only.

 

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