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Maine NRCS Features

NRCS conference at Maine Farm Days focuses on soils (Sept. 8, 2015) As part of the 2015 “International Year of the Soils” initiative, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hosted a day-long seminar on the importance of soil health to Maine agriculture, during Maine Farm Days on Aug. 27 in Kennebec County.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Soil Conservationist Brittany Hummel (Aug. 5, 2015) As a young person growing up in Southwest Minnesota, Brittany Hummel developed an enduring fascination with nature, and since then she has spent time working for several of the nation’s most influential natural resource management agencies before joining the NRCS team.

NRCS helps preserve and identify prehistoric fishing site in Maine (Aug. 4, 2015) The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently set a benchmark in historic preservation in central Maine by helping protect an archeological site eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Greenhouse curtain in Yarmouth reduces energy for owner (July 31, 2015) Jeffery Marstaller, owner of Cozy Acres Greenhouses, installed a Greenhouse Curtain (also known as a heat shield) via an EQIP-Energy Initiative Agreement.  The Greenhouse Curtain not only will reduce the amount of energy it takes to maintain the temperature goal in the greenhouse during the winter but also serves to reduce the strength of the sunlight during the summer.

Maine hosts continuing education for NRCS conservationists (July 29, 2015) Conservationists from six New England states came together in Maine July 28-31 to hone their skills at assisting landowners to voluntarily conserve natural resources.

Natural resource agencies collaborate for first ‘Kids Conservation Field Day’ (July 22, 2015) Conservation experts teamed up this week to teach some Bangor-area children about the wildlife, soils and forests in their backyard. The “Kids Conservation Field Day” held at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum on July 22 gave 20 local children the opportunity to talk with conservation experts, learn about nature, and just have fun while spending time outdoors.

Growing partnerships: NRCS and Androscoggin farm work for ‘bright future’ in Maine (July 14, 2015) Due west of Augusta and deep into the farmland of Androscoggin County, the River Rise Farm is growing much more than organic fruits and vegetables. The farm – settled between a gentle left bend in the Androscoggin River and a thick stretch of woods – is continuing to grow a partnership with the USDA that is helping cultivate healthy produce for local wholesalers and restaurants.

USDA and farmer panel highlights Maine women in agriculture (June 30, 2015) Women’s roles in New England agriculture were put in the spotlight as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and congressional leaders met with female farmers recently during a visit to Southern Maine.