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NRCS Announces Grants to Help Farmers Adapt to Drought

Application Deadline October 15, 2012


$5 million in grants is available nationwide to evaluate and demonstrate agricultural practices that help farmers adapt to drought.  Funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process for projects lasting for one to three years.  Apply electronically at or contact the NRCS National CIG office at 703-235-8065.


Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Emergency Haying and Grazing

Haying and grazing of CRP acreage is authorized under certain conditions to improve the quality and performance of the CRP cover or to provide emergency relief to livestock producers due to certain natural disasters.  CRP participants requesting emergency haying or grazing must file a request with their FSA County Office indicating the acreage to be hayed or grazed before the activity begins. For more information, please contact your local FSA County Office. 


Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Highly Erodible Land Initiative Continuous Signup

Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced continuous signup for the Highly Erodible Lane (HEL) Initiative under the CRP beginning July 23, 2012.  Offers will be accepted until either the state acreage allocation limit is reached (39,400 acres) or September 30, 2012, whichever occurs first.  For more information, please contact your local FSA County Office or visit


Drought Assistance to Kentucky Farmers through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorized the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) due to drought conditions in Carlisle, Marshall, Christian, Trigg, and Calloway Counties.  ECP provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for implementing emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.  More information on ECP is available at FSA offices and on FSA's web site at:


Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance is Important. Don't risk your USDA benefits

Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions are required in the Farm Bill to participate in USDA programs. Activities that could affect HEL/Wetland Compliance need to be evaluated by NRCS.




Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 KY Small, Limited Resource, Minority Farmers Conference

Sowing seeds of opportunities for Kentucky's Small and Minority Farmers.  Capital Plaza Hotel, Kentucky State University, and the Kentucky State University Research Farm in Frankfort, KY - November 13-15, 2012.



Mark Your Calendars for the Fifth National Conference on Grazing Lands:

The Fifth National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL) will be held December 9-12, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The conference aims to heighten awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of grazing lands. Save the Date! Registration started June 1. 



Updated 08/23/2012

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