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Cleaning up for Conservation

Cleaning up for Conservation

Story by Jaime Tankersley

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas AgriLife Extension took part in a waste collection day on September 28, 2010, in Concho County which was part of TCEQ�s Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Program.

The NRCS Eden Field Office employees aided in setting up and guiding producers through the collection site, which is operated by USAg out of Houston.

Pesticides and chemicals were collected at Miller Ag Service in Eden. The collection event was open to any Texas resident who applies pesticides or other chemicals for the creation of agriculture products. USAg also accepted chemicals that have become banned or unwanted by producers.

Laura Broyles, NRCS District Conservationist, encouraged producers to participate in this free event.

�This was a great opportunity for local residents to discard of unwanted pesticides, fluids, anti-freeze and batteries free of charge,� Broyles said. �Landowners should be commended for their commitment and effort to improving environmental quality.�

Once chemicals and items had been unloaded, participants were given a receipt that indicated what had been disposed of during the collection. Producers that are active in the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are able to use this documentation to fulfill the energy enhancement activity listed for the program. This activity calls for producers to recycle 100% of their farm lubricants. This preventative action aids in keeping these type products out of our ground and surface water. This is just one of many ways producers can fulfill contract requirements. NRCS is accepting new applications from interested farmers, ranchers and non industrial private forest landowners.

With an office in nearly every county in Texas, the NRCS administers Farm Bill programs and provides technical assistance to landowners. 2010 represents the 75th year of NRCS "helping people help the land.� Since its inception in 1935, NRCS has worked in partnership with private landowners and a variety of local, state and federal conservation partners to deliver conservation based on specific, local needs.

For more information on NRCS or to find your local NRCS service center or visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

Signs along the highway guided producers to the Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection site held in Concho County. Natural Resources Conservation Service employees assist an Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Day participant during a chemical collection event held in Eden, Texas.
Signs along the highway guided producers to the Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection site held in Concho County. Natural Resources Conservation Service employees assist an Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Day participant during a chemical collection event held in Eden, Texas.
USAg, a Houston based company, was on location to dispose of agriculture waste products during a collection day held in Eden, Texas.  
USAg, a Houston based company, was on location to dispose of agriculture waste products during a collection day held in Eden, Texas.