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Conservation Connection e-blast - July 21, 2010

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners 

Farm Bill 2008 graphicUSDA announces early sign-up for conservation programs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts farmland or forest land owners and managers who would like help with soil erosion, water quality and conservation, integrated pest management, forest stand improvement, greenhouse efficiency, pasture and hayland improvement, invasive plant control or wildlife habitat improvement are encouraged to sign-up by October 15th for federal conservation programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Forestry practice leads to a surprising discoveryJack Lochhead

Jack Lochhead, Forest Land Owner | Conway, Massachusetts

When Jack Lochhead first looked into a federal government program to help him manage his forest land in rural Conway, Massachusetts, he had no idea that it would lead to a surprising discovery deep in the forest.

Irene WinklerIrene Winkler, NRCS RC&D Coordinator, lauded for contributions to sustainable agriculture

Irene Winkler, Coordinator for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Pilgrim Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) area in Massachusetts was recognized for her contribution to sustainable agriculture by the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) at their annual meeting on May 26, 2010. The award was presented at a packed meeting of town officials and professional planners from the 27 towns and cities represented in the district.

USDA offers funding for outreach and assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers

The USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is making available $4.7 million in funding through the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) competitive grants program, formerly referred to as the 2501 Program. The grants are available to community based / non-profit organizations, RC&Ds, Cooperative Extension offices, or any other eligible group that works directly with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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