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Conservation Connection e-blast - January 12, 2011

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

USDA announces new sign-up date for Conservation Stewardship Program

farmlandThe United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the ranking period for farmer and forestland owner applications to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The cut-off date is now January 21, 2011. Massachusetts agricultural producers and forestland owners are encouraged to apply for CSP. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forestland.

USDA requests proposals for water and land conservation projects

The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for projects that will bring partners together to help farmers, ranchers and private nonindustrial forest landowners implement beneficial water and land conservation practices. The requirements for submitting project proposals for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) and the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) can be viewed at USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers in approved project areas. Proposals for AWEP and CCPI projects must be received by NRCS by January 28, 2011. Visit and to learn more.

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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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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.