Conservation Connection e-blast - February 3, 2011
Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the expansion of an initiative to help local farmers conduct energy audits and improve their overall energy efficiency. On-farm energy audits are tailored to each agricultural operation's primary energy uses. The audits help farmers determine the amount of energy used by the entire operation and also identify short- and long-term measures farmers can implement to conserve energy and achieve greater energy efficiencies.
USDA has revised or developed several conservation practice standards and published them in the Federal Register for public comment. Revised and new practices include nutrient management, aquatic organism passage, bivalve aquaculture waste control, cross wind trap strips, irrigation field ditch, and waste facility closure. USDA is seeking comments on all the practices through February 25, 2011.
Catch the beekeeping buzz this spring at Bristol Community College
Get the buzz about beekeeping. Bristol Community College is offering open enrollment to its spring Natural Beekeeping course. Aspiring and new beekeepers will learn the essentials necessary to begin a hobby or small enterprise as a beekeeper including purchasing and establishing a hive, disease and pest management, and harvesting the honey. The 10-week course, which emphasizes organic methods of beekeeping, includes at least one field day demonstration of installing, feeding, and the beginning steps of establishing a hive. In the spring, participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own bees, hives and equipment. The course will be held on Mondays, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, starting February 28. It may be taken as a noncredit course or for one college credit.
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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.
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