Conservation Connection e-blast - July 21, 2010
Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners
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).
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 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.
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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Helping People Help the Land
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
NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
Visit www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov for addresses and phone numbers.
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