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Conservation Connection e-blast - April 19, 2013

Conservation Connection e-blast


The latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners.

Celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd and everyday!

Every day is Earth Day at NRCS. Below are just a couple stories about farmers and forest land owners working together with NRCS and our partners to protect the nation's soil, water, animals, plants and air.

For more stories, visit our Conservation Showcase...

Jim Ward in his no-till corn fieldIt's all about water quality at Ward's Berry Farm

Farming in a suburban town 25 miles south of Boston has both benefits and challenges. Those benefits and challenges result from the same thing, lots of neighbors. Farmer Jim Ward has found a way to meet customer demand, while protecting water resources; he’s adopted good soil health practices with the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Emma and Mike BanasNew England-New York Forestry Initiative project helps Goshen forest land owners

Michael and Emma Banas never thought of themselves as forest land managers. That changed after they bought 138 acres of mostly forested land in Goshen. With a management plan and help from NRCS, the Banas' made improvements that are benefiting wildlife.


Unlock the Secrets in the Soil"Building Healthy Soils" workshops, April 24 and 25 in S. Deerfield and Rehoboth

Two workshops designed to help farmers who grow vegetables, fruit and field crops, as well as grass-based livestock operations, to build healthier soils are planned for April 24th and 25th in western and southeastern Massachusetts. ”Building Healthy Soils on Your Farm” will focus on the soil’s capacity to function as a vital living system that sustains plant, animal and human health.


Partner News

MDAR announces open application period for grant programs

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is accepting applications through mid-June 2013 from farmers who wish to participate in Department programs in Fiscal Year 2014.  Interested farm operators are encouraged to access program information and applications on the Department website (Click on Grants and Funding Programs under Quick Links in righthand column) or call contacts listed below for each program for more information.