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NRCS provides technical and financial assistance on a voluntary basis to farmers and landowners who want to address natural resource concerns on their land, such as soil erosion and water quality issues.

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Soil Health - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

NRCS is developing a national campaign to educate our customers and the public about the positive impact Soil Health Management Systems can have on both productivity and conservation. The campaign will be rolled out this fall to the public, but before it’s fully released externally, you can get a sneak peak here. As part of this campaign, we’ll be rolling out a series of “Soil Health Lessons in a Minute” video demonstrations. See our latest video, meet "Ray the Soil Guy," and learn how to Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.


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NRCS Alerts Farmers About Dangers of Manure Storage Agitation

Several farm accidents have recently been reported in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio; farmers are reporting livestock deaths, people being overcome with gases, stronger than usual odors and nuisance complaints due to increased odors, all where gypsum was used as a bedding material. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is strongly recommending that farmers err on the side of caution. Until research is completed, implement additional safety measures prior to agitating manure storages when adding gypsum or any type of sulfur-containing material to manure. 

Click here to read the News Release!


New Initiatives Available to Help PA Landowners Protect Threatened and Endangered Species

Pennsylvania farmers and forest landowners can now sign-up for assistance to protect and restore habitats for the federally-threatened Bog Turtle and at risk Golden-Winged Warbler (bird) and the endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Click here to learn more about the Bog Turtle                     
Click here to learn more about the Golden-Winged Warbler
Click here to learn more about the Massasauga Rattlesnake


USDA opens claims filing period for Hispanic and Women Farmers Who Claim Past Discrimination

BANNER NOTICE: Hispanic and/or Women FArmers or Ranchers

“Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between Sept. 24, 2012, and March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness," said Secretary Vilsack.

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