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ATHENS, GA, (Jan. 15, 2013)--James E. Tillman, Sr., State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia today announced a sign-up for specific initiatives under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - applications are due by Feb. 15.
The newly released version of SoilWeb now works across all types of devices (desktops, smartphones, and tablets). It displays soil map unit delineations overlain on Google base maps. Users can view summaries of soil information for their geographic location or anywhere soil survey exists using Google’s online navigation capability or the GPS location services of mobile devices. SoilWeb is a collaborative project between the University of California, Davis Soil Resource Lab, and USDA-NRCS.
View the interactive RCA Data Viewer that offers data from a variety of sources, including data on the status and trends of natural resources, conservation efforts (funding and conservation practices applied), and the agricultural sector.
"I've been farming since I was knee-high to a duck," said Ballard. "I was raised on a farm in Southern Illinois. When I left home I said I wasn’t going to do this no more and now, we're right back at it." Curtis Ballard was in the construction industry for many years. When he noticed a sudden change in the industry, he began farming. While Ballard’s 11-acre farm is located just steps away from the airport, in Riverdale, the view of his operation is far from urban.
Urban farming is a growing trend in the Atlanta metropolitan area. For Fulton County landowner Arletha Dixon, it’s more than a trend – it’s a passion. Dixon’s history in agriculture began with her father’s educational studies in horticulture. Combined with her mother’s commitment to promoting good health as a physician, Dixon adopted her parents’ career paths and began teaching urban agriculture to children.
After searching the Internet for programs to assist them, Casey Durden found the NRCS service center in Carrollton. The Durdens’ applied for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and received financial assistance to conduct a prescribed burn, for nutrient and pest management, forest stand improvement, riparian herbaceous cover and forest buffer, as well as tree establishment for a hardwood ecosystem. Tree tubes where used to accelerate the growth of young trees and provide efficient control of weeds.
Research conducted by Stanley Culpepper, extension agronomist, specializing in weed science and others, proved that rolling down rye into a thick mat to block out sunlight is highly effective in the reduction of pigweed seed germination in crop fields. Research also indicates that allowing the cover crop to mature until it blooms, gives the best results by providing an extended period of soil shading. Rye was chosen as the cover crop due to its chemical properties which discourages the "germination" and "growth" of other plants.