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Helpful Resources for EQIP

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Farming

 
New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) NESFI promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.

NESFI offers an extensive resource collection, including publications and innovative farmer-guided programs that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project New Entry assists people with limited resources who have an interest in small-scale commercial agriculture to begin farming in Massachusetts.

New Entry provides services for beginning farmers such as locating farmland, education, training, business/enterprise development, and production and marketing assistance.

UMass Extension UMass Extension sponsors statewide programs in agriculture, landscape, natural resources and environmental conservation, nutrition and education.

These programs, often in partnerships with other organizations, offer research and educational opportunities including workshops, conferences, distance education, training events, consultations, and applied research.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Massachusetts Massachusetts state website for the Farm Service Agency. FSA administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs.
USDA Rural Development (RD) Massachusetts Massachusetts state website for Rural Development. Provides financial programs supporting essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.

Rural development also provides loans to businesses and offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services.

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Forestry

Massachusetts DCR Bureau of Forestry The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forestry serves private, municipal and urban owners of forest land and maintains state forest land.

This website contains a wealth of information for forest land owners - from a glossary of forest-related terms to resources on conservation programs.

Mass Woods A resource for woodland owners containing accurate information intended to help make decisions about the potential sale of timber and planning for the future of your property.

The Mass Woods website has a helpful "Find a Local Professional" search tool, which lists service foresters, licensed foresters and land trusts in your zip code.

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Grazing

Mass Grass Pasture-based farmers, NOFA/Mass, NRCS, UMass Extension and other groups have formed Mass Grass to organize educational programs and initiatives relating to grazing and pasture management.

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Instructional Guides

 
Managing Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Forest Habitats for Wildlife: A Guide for the Northeast Written primarily by state and federal wildlife biologists and foresters, this guide will provide you with important information on how to maintain and restore these habitats on the lands you own or manage.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced land manager, this guide will provide helpful information anyone can use to better manage early-successional habitats.

New England Cottontail Habitat Management: A Landowner's Guide New England's only native rabbit, the New England cottontail, is in decline throughout its range. Loss of habitat is one of the primary factors contributing to the decline of the species, so one of the best ways to improve the cottontail's outlook is to protect and increase the amount of suitable habitat available.

Landowners who are interested in making an impact on the survival of New England cottontails can follow the guidelines outlined in this publication.

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Invasive Species

IPANE - Invasive Plant Atlas of New England A searchable internet-based database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England
USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Protects and promotes U.S. agricultural health by regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

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Plants & Animals

Soil Testing from UMass Amherst Department of Plant & Soil Sciences Provides comprehensive soil testing for a small fee. Samples may be submitted by mail.
Web Soil Survey Provides online soil maps, data and information. You can search for soil information by address or other areas of interest, and create printable maps and soil reports of your results.

Web Soil Survey is operated by NRCS and has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation� counties.

MassWildlife The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (also called "Natural Heritage") protects the state's wide range of native biological diversity.

The program's highest priority is protecting the 176 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and 259 species of native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

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Soil Testing & Maps

Soil Testing from UMass Amherst Department of Plant & Soil Sciences Provides comprehensive soil testing for a small fee. Samples may be submitted by mail.
Web Soil Survey Provides online soil maps, data and information. You can search for soil information by address or other areas of interest, and create printable maps and soil reports of your results.

Web Soil Survey is operated by NRCS and has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation� counties.

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