Sharing the latest news from the New Hampshire Natural Resources Conservation Service and our partners
Sent via e-mail September 20, 2012
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan Visits New Hampshire
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan toured Keene, NH area farms on September 11, 2012 before speaking to students and faculty at Keene State College that evening. She is a strong proponent of sustainable agriculture with a focus on local and regional food sources. Merrigan's final stop of the day was Keene State College where she presented the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative and discussed the importance of agriculture and farming with students and faculty. Read more
(Photo, left to right: Chris Caserta, Caitlin Caserta, Bonnie Caserta, Charles Caserta, Kathleen Merrigan, Jackie Caserta)
NRCS and FWS Reach Historic Agreement to Extend Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Working Agricultural Lands
On September 17, 2012, NRCS and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced an agreement providing long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in NRCS's Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative. This agreement will change the way we manage at-risk species on private lands, NRCS Chief Dave White said. It will provide landowners with a mechanism to keep working lands in production while complying with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and will facilitate restoration of habitat for at-risk species. It also will help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners rest a little easier knowing their operations are protected for the long term and that they are contributing to conserving vital natural resources. Read the press release
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance that enables landowners and producers, particularly farmers and foresters, to be good stewards of their soil, water, air, and related natural resources. Millions of dollars are available in federal financial assistance through NRCS Farm Bill programs in New Hampshire. The attached News Release provides information for the next application cut-off date for NRCS Financial Assistance Programs.
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The Interns of NH-NRCS
You may not have met them yet, but our interns have contributed greatly to the work of our agency, and several of them are staying with us into the fall. This month, meet Abygail Mangar.
My name is Abygail Mangar. I am 20 years old and an Environmental Engineering: Municipal Processes major entering my junior year at University of New Hampshire (UNH) this upcoming year. I came to UNH as an out-of-state student from Palm Beach, Florida. I chose an environmental field because I knew that when picking a major, I wanted to pick something that would make a difference and help people, not just provide a daily income. As a result, I decided I wanted to be an Environmental Engineer because the world will always be constructing and evolving, so I wanted to focus on building structures environmentally efficiently and environmentally safety/regulation for the people. This [was] my first summer with the NRCS and my second internship since entering my undergraduate career. My previous internship was at the Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) located in Durham, NH for a duration of ten weeks last summer, where I assisted in creating and analyzing a database of project leads and participants in research projects EPSCoR was funding; this job continued until the end of my sophomore year. After receiving a Bachelor's in Environmental Engineering, I plan on continuing at UNH for a Master's degree. Furthermore, I hope to someday gain an engineering position for the Environmental Protection Agency in the New England Regional Office in Boston, Massachusetts in order to implement my goal of helping others through solving problems that obstruct environmental safety and regulation.
If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. Read more at: https://www.farmerclaims.gov/