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Conservation Connection e-blast - January 18, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

USDA extends Conservation Stewardship Program cut-off date to January 27

farm sceneThe United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to January 27, 2012. Farmers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments.

Agriculture & Food Conference of Southeastern Massachusetts slated for February 25

Whether you're a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, you're invited to the 5th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference of Southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center Street, Dighton MA. The conference,  which is presented by the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) and the Bristol County Conservation District, includes workshops for the public and for youth ages 9-12, as well as workshops on organic methods. Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch (yes, in February!) and a Resource Fair featuring local organizations and businesses that provide ag-related services and products. Registration is $35 for farmers, $50 for the public, and $20 for youth and students.

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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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