Conservation Connection e-blast - June 7, 2010
Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners
Massachusetts farmers interested in saving energy and money are encouraged to apply now for financial assistance to conduct on-farm energy audits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced an initiative which provides funds for individual energy audits designed to conserve energy and lower operating costs on the Bay State's working lands. Applications will be accepted through June 18, 2010
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has published the final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve their conservation performance. Changes to the program expand access, increase payment limits, and promote greater environmental benefit while maintaining program goals. The current enrollment period for CSP has been extended to June 25, 2010.
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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 | www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov
Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist
Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer
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