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Conservation Connection e-blast - March 25, 2011

Conservation Connection e-blast

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


Massachusetts farmers and forest land owners encouraged to apply for federal conservation assistance by April 15

farmlandMassachusetts farmers and forest land owners who would like to address soil and water conservation concerns on their land are encouraged to apply by April 15, 2011 for financial and technical help through the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


Massachusetts state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations and tribes may apply for federal farmland protection program

farmlandThe Massachusetts state office of the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications through May 6, 2011 from state and local units of government, federally recognized Tribes, and non-governmental organizations for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). FRPP provides up to 50 percent matching funding for the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands.


FSA to host Dairy Gross Margin Insurance informational meeting

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is partnering with USDA Risk Management Agency to offer a free informational training on the Dairy Gross Margin Insurance Program on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main Street, Lanesborough, MA 01237. Dairy farmers and insurance agents in western Massachusetts, eastern New York, southern Vermont and northern Connecticut are invited to attend and participate.


Mass. Farm Bureau Federation named 2010 Outstanding Supporting Organization by national RC&D association

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation was named "Supporting Organization of the Year" by the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC).  Every year, the NARC&DC recognizes individuals, RC&D Councils, and partners who have done an exemplary job of delivering the RC&D Program to their communities. Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) received this award for their strong and continuing support for organizing municipal Agricultural Commissions throughout the Commonwealth, and strengthening the voice of agriculture at the local level.


MACD receives national recognition for training program

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts ranked among the first recipients of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) District Officials Training Recognition Program; the only state in the Northeast to qualify for this prestigious honor. Kim LaFleur, outgoing president of MACD and state member on the NACD board, accepted this national recognition on behalf of Massachusetts at the 2011 NACD Annual Meeting held in Nashville, Tenn. in January.


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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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