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2011 News Archive

NH NRCS Conservation News

 

 

 

 

 

 

June to December 2011

 

 

 

Other articles that were published on the New Hampshire NRCS website:

(please contact Betty Anderson @ betty.anderson@nh.usda.gov, if you'd like a copy)
 

New England/New York Forestry Initiative Fact Sheet Available

This New England/New York Forestry Initiative Fact Sheet provides information on the background, area, needs, and benefits of this Initiative to improve and protect the forests of the New England and New York region.

You are invited to attend the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts (NHACD) Annual Meeting

November 18, 2011 at the Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, NH

The theme of this year's NHACD annual meeting is "Local Foods and Food Security in New Hampshire" with a focus on how to increase the amount of locally produced food available to New Hampshire households. 


 

 

 

 

 

Fact Sheet(1 MB, PDF) 

 

 

 

 
   
 

Learn How You Can Help Protect the Salmon Falls Watershed

The public is invited to a presentation of “Your Land, Clean Water, Your Legacy” on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester, New Hampshire.  Complimentary refreshments will be provided. 

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Help for flood damage

 

The EQIP ranking cut off deadline has been extended to October 17, 2011 for those producers impacted by the recent tropical storms.  EQIP financial assistance can help farmers to solve resource concerns on cropland caused by excess sedimentation due to extreme flooding conditions. Practices are limited to:

  • Obstruction Removal

  • Critical Area Planting

  • Conservation Cover

  • Cover Crop

  • Forage and Biomass Planting

  • Mulching

  • Riparian Forest Buffer


As always, if you sustained property damage from Hurricane Irene, financial assistance may also be available through the Emergency Watershed Program.  The Emergency Watershed Program responds to natural disasters and is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, fires, and other natural occurrences.  The program helps groups of people with a common problem.  It is generally not an individual assistance program.  All projects undertaken must be sponsored by a political subdivision of the state, such as a city, town, county, or conservation district.

 

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You are invited to attend a High Tunnel Demonstration hosted by the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts (NHACD) and the NRCS

October 5, 2011, Whitefield, NH

An informational session and tour will be conductedof the High Tunnel at the Whitefield Regional High School.  Everyone is invited to come and learn the importance of high tunnels in growing local foods in New Hampshire.  

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Next Financial Assistance Program Application Ranking Date:  October 3, 2011
 

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.  Fiscal year 2010 brought $18,088,859 in federal financial assistance through NRCS Farm Bill programs to New Hampshire.  The attached News Release provides information for the next application ranking date for NRCS Financial Assistance Programs. 

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The 2011 National Farmers Market Directory has been released and shows that over 1,000 new farmers markets have been recorded across the country.  The Directory reveals that several states have experienced rapid growth in farmers markets since 2010.
 

Click here for more information.
The USDA National Farmers Market Directory is available at http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov.
 

   
 

Celebrate New Hampshire'sEat Local Month

 

Join the celebration at Granite Gorge on Thursday, August 25 for educational workshops, live entertainment, and of course, a local summer feast!  The free workshops, starting at 11am, will focus on No-Till Farming and Forestry Management.  NH-NRCS staff will be present at the celebration to answer questions about programs for landowners and managers.

 

To learn more details about this event, please visit:  http://www.cheshireconservation.org/ or click here.

 

   

 

Calling Tree Fruit and Tomato Growers!
Join the Summer Twilight Meeting & Field Day on August 22nd

Learn about research being done at the University of New Hampshire's Agricultural Experiment Station.  Tour projects ranging from nursery crop production systems to apple scab management, intercropping systems, and strawberry research and variety evaluation. Participants will have the chance to visit with researchers and talk in more depth, and to participate in the high tunnel tomato and cold-hardy peach variety evaluations.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 22, 4-7PM. UNH Woodman Farm/NH Agricultural Experiment Station, 70 Spinney Lane, Durham NH.

To learn more about this event, please click here.

 

   
 

Join the Celebration of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest

In 2011, New Hampshire and the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests.  In many ways, New Hampshire considers the Weeks Act as “our” National Forest law because it created The White Mountain National Forest among the first eastern National Forest Reserves.

The White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a one day family-friendly festival on Friday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

Field staff from NH-NRCS will be present at the Centennial celebration.  They will be available to answer questions about Farm Bill programs and provide education on soil health.  We hope to see you there!

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$200,000 Available for SCC 2012 Conservation “Moose Plate” Grants

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC)announces that the 2012 Conservation Grant Program is open and applications are available online.Applications are due on October 7, 2011.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.nh.gov.

 

Congratulations go to Deb Weymouth as she assumes her new role as the Assistant State Conservationist (ASTC) for Programs.  Deb’s previous positions with the agency include Technician Aide responsible for the National Resources Inventory, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist (DC), Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) Coordinator, Conservation Security Program Manager, Acting Resource Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs, and Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs.  Most recently, Deb has been the Resource Conservationist supporting Financial Assistance Programs in New Hampshire, working out of the State Office.  In addition to many years and a range of technical experience, Deb brings a deep sense of public service to this position. 

With Deb’s transition to ASTC for Programs, Rachael Phillips-Tibbetts will become the primary contact and program manager for all financial assistance programs.

 We welcome both Deb and Rachael to their new positions.

 

 

Begin the Conservation Planning Process Now
 

Agriculture or forest landowners in New Hampshire interested in protecting, conserving, or restoring the natural resources on their property through technical or financial assistance, or a conservation easement, are encouraged to contact their local USDANRCS office to begin the conservation planning process. 

 

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How Can Our Programs Help You?

If you own or manage farmland or forest land, run a greenhouse, grow specialty crops, or farm organically in New Hampshire, then the 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs can help you address natural resource concerns and opportunities on your land.  Sign-up is open and continuous for all conservation programs.

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Wiswall Fish Passage Project Environmental Assessment Complete
 

The NRCS announces the completion of the FINAL Environmental Assessment of the Wiswall Fish Passage Project, Durham, New Hampshire.  This Environmental Assessment examines the impact of the fish passage project and several alternatives.  The preferred alternative is the installation of a Denil-type fish ladder and downstream migration notch. This option significantly improves fish passage, while protecting important Cultural and Historic Resources at the site. 

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Next Application Ranking Cut-off Date for EQIP Organics is May 20, 2011
 

The next application evaluation cut-off date for EQIP organic practice funding is May 20, 2011, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organics Initiative. In order for your application to be considered for funding, you must have cleared all landowner eligibility requirements.  If your landowner eligibility has not yet been cleared by USDA, you are strongly advised to get your landowner eligibility documentation submitted to your USDA Service Center as soon as possible (ASAP), because it may take several weeks to clear eligibility in order for your application to be considered.
 

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NH Announces Grant Opportunity for Conservation Innovation Grants

NH NRCS announces between $80,000 and $165,000 of grant funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in New Hampshire. This funding encourages creative conservation solutions at the state level.  This is separate from the National CIG funding.  Applicants may apply for both National and State CIGs.  Applications for the state CIG are due on May 6, 2011.

2011 Announcement
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Next Application Ranking Cut-off Date for EQIP Organics is March 4, 2011
 

The next application evaluation cut-off date for EQIP organic practice funding is March 4, 2011 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and Agricultural Management Assistance.  In order for your application to be considered for funding, you must have cleared all landowner eligibility requirements.  If your landowner eligibility has not yet been cleared by USDA, you are strongly advised to get your landowner eligibility documentation submitted to your USDA Service Center as soon as possible (ASAP), because it may take several months to clear eligibility in order for your application to be considered.
 

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Public Comments Invited on Wiswall Dam Fish Passage Environmental Assessment
 

The United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) announces a 30-day public review period for an Environmental Assessment (EA) which provides analysis of various fish passage alternatives at Wiswall Dam in Durham, NH.
 

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Read Environmental Assessment (600 KB pdf)
Appendix 1 - US Army Corps of Engineers Draft EA (1.7 MB)
Appendix  2-17 (21 MB pdf)

 

 
 

USDA Assistance Available to Producers to Conduct and Implement Energy Audits
 

On January 28, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a USDA initiative to help farmers and ranchers conduct energy audits and improve their overall energy efficiency. 
 

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Next Application Ranking Cut-off Date for EQIP, WHIP and AMA is January 28, 2011*
 

The next application evaluation cut-off date is January 28, 2011, 2010 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and Agricultural Management Assistance.  In order for your application to be considered for funding, you must have cleared all landowner eligibility requirements.  If your landowner eligibility has not yet been cleared by USDA, you are strongly advised to get your landowner eligibility documentation submitted to your USDA Service Center as soon as possible (ASAP), because it may take several months to clear eligibility in order for your application to be considered.

*Does not apply to EQIP Organics Practices
 

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Applications for the New England-New York Forestry Initiative will be accepted through January 28, 2011 for current funding
 

$800,000 in federal funding is available to assist New Hampshire forest land owners with forest land planning and management.  In order for your application to be considered for funding, you must have cleared all landowner eligibility requirements.  If your landowner eligibility has not yet been cleared by USDA, you are strongly advised to get your landowner eligibility documentation submitted to your USDA Service Center as soon as possible (ASAP), because it may take several months to clear eligibility in order for your application to be considered.
 

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Barn with High Tunnel in Background of Corn field

$25 Million Available Through National CIG Program
 

$25 million is available through the National Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the New Hampshire state CIG program.
 

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Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-up Date

The ranking period cut-off date for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended by NRCS Chief, Dave White, to January 21, 2011.  This is an extension from the January 7th date.

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