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Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Week

SPOKANE, WA (April 15, 2013) - USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 21 to 27 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce, and nationally, in fiscal year 2012, more than 19,000 people donated 305,564 hours of service to NRCS worth approximately $6.7 million.

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Normal spring and summer forecast for Washington State

SPOKANE, (March 26, 2013) – March streamflow forecasts show a decline in nearly every Western state and basin, according to water and climate experts. Washington should expect near normal streamflow this spring and summer.

During the month of February, the National Weather Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service climate stations reported below normal precipitation totals throughout Washington river basins with the exception of the northwest corner and the western Olympics.

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Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

Soil – a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.

As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.

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Notice to Hispanics or Women Farmers and Ranchers

If you believe 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. For more information, go to or call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429.

Si usted considera que el Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos (USDA por sus siglas en inglés) le negó indebidamente beneficios de préstamos agrícolas entre los años 1981 y 2000 por ser hispano o mujer, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para solicitar compensación.  Si desea inscribirse para recibir los documentos para reclamación, puede llamar al Centro de Llamadas para Agricultores y Ganaderos al 1-888-508-4429 o ingresar a la página web:

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