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Conservation Connection e-blast - October 12, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

A farmer and NRCS conservationist shake hands in a field.NRCS announces cut-off date for conservation programs in Massachusetts

NRCS has announced that applications for four federal conservation programs will be ranked for possible funding on December 21, 2012. Massachusetts farmers and forest land owners can apply for these programs anytime throughout the year; but NRCS will review and rank all complete applications for the current round of funding on that date.

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil: NRCS launches new soil health education and awareness effort

Unlock the Secrets in the SoilNRCS Chief Dave White yesterday launched a new soil health awareness and education effort to educate the agency's customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation. The effort features farmers from communities in numerous states—Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Indiana, Utah, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas—where growers are increasingly interested in how improved soil health can benefit their operations.

NRCS is studying successes and identifying lessons learned in these states to share with farmers in other states. Awareness and education components of NRCS’s soil health initiative will include fact sheets, brochures, videos, web, radio and social media announcements, as well as local field days. And, stay tuned for more soil health resources, tips and grower profiles...including one from the Bay State!

State Conservationist's Corner

Christine ClarkeSustainability grows in healthy soil

By Christine Clarke, Massachusetts State Conservationist

Thank you Mr. Elmer O. Fippin. Who is Elmer O. Fippin? He was the soil scientist who mapped and wrote the 1903 publication entitled The Soil Survey of the Connecticut River Valley. Thanks to his groundbreaking work more than a century ago, we have the tools today to reduce the effects of drought and increase our ability to feed the world.


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Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

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