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December 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this issue:

  • NRCS Drinking Water Quality Improvement Partnership Practices Are Implemented at the StoneFen Farm in the Pemigewasset Watershed
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center Partners with NRCS to Improve Water Quality in the Saco River Watershed
  • NRCS Works With Landowners to Improve New England Cottontail (NEC) Habitat
  • Local Farm Newsletter Highlights NRCS Heavy Use Area Practice to Improve Water and Soil Quality
  • November was Native American Heritage Month
  • December 5th Was World Soil Day
  • Farewell Alena Warren
  • Calendar Events

October 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this issue:

  • NRCS helps get aerial seeding off the ground
  • Mark Morrison's True Blues's Farm Is the "Talk of the Town"
  • NRCS is making videos to educate landowners about water quality practices
  • Health and Wellness Hikers by Ryan DuBois
  • How One Year Can Change Everything by Holly Boyson
  • National Disability Awareness Month
  • NH's Tuckaway Farm featured in Cornell University Publication on Soil Health Practices
  • Calendar of Events

September 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this issue:

  • NRCS and NH DES Reach Landmark Agreement
  • Senator Shaheen, Secretary Vilsack, and NH Commissioner of Agriculture Merrill Speak With Local Farmers
  • Governor Hassan Signs Granite State Farm to Plate Legislation
  • NH Hosts Northeast Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference
  • NH Delegation Attends The National Association of Conservation Districts' Northeast Regional Meeting
  • Earth Team Volunteer Helps NRCS Easements Team Monitor Conservation Easements
  • National Hispanic History Month
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Photo 

July 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this issue:

  • The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success hosted an informational workshop to highlight their work with Seasonal High Tunnels.
  • NH Partners meet to give input on new Farm Bill easement programs to NRCS Easement Program Director, Kim Berns, and NRCS NH State Conservationist, Rick Ellsmore.
  • Three Turkmen scientists visited New Hampshire recently for a program entitled “Soil Improvement – A Project for Turkmenistan” by Peter Whitcomb and Kim McCabe 
  • Beginner and organic farmers, Katheryne Doyle and Paul Swegel talk about their Carroll County farm and help from the NRCS.
  • The Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge’s mobile visitor center, known as the Watershed On Wheels – or WOW Express –is coming to NH with info about soil, land conservation, and farming.
  • National Farmers Market Week
  • Health and Wellness Tips
  • Feds Feed Families
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Photo

June 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this issue:

New Hampshire NRCS Honors Its Veterans
Program Sign-up Announcements
NRCS and Conservation Districts Help Out with the NH Envirothon
USDA Announces Summer Food Service Program
LGBT History Month
Pollinator Week
National Employee Wellness Month
Dairy Month
50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

May 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this Issue:

Earth Team Volunteers plant riparian buffer at Picadilly Farm
Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program are Due June 6th
NRCS Publications and Posters Are Free to the Public
USDA Announces Summer Food Service Program
The Results of the 2012 Agricultural Census Have Been Published
Featured Photo -- Woodcock eggs in nest
Asian and Pacific Islanders Month:  Presidential Proclamation and Asian Seed Cards
Military Appreciation Month with Presidential Proclamation
Wetlands Month with info on Wetland Reserve Easements
National Wildflowers Month is info on Pollinators and Live Bee Cam
Memorial Day History
Civil Rights -- Commemorative coin to honor 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964
National Bike Month

April 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In this Issue:

NRCS State Conservationist and NHACD Meet With NH Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.
EQIP Applications Due May 16th
Carroll County Cleans Up on Earth Day
Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer Visits NH
Featured Photo by Deb Eddison
April Happenings:

  • Equal Pay Day
  • National Volunteer Week
  • Earth Day
  • National Park Week

Civil Rights Corner:  Harvey Milk Honored on Postage Stamp
Health and Wellness:  40 Unexpected Ways You Can Help the Environment Right Now.
Events Calendar

March 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In This Issue:

2014 Farm Bill
NH Water Quality Partnership
National Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference
Featured Photo - Owl tracks
African American History Month

  • Presidential Proclamation
  • Bayard Rustin - mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Women's History Month

  • Presidential Proclamation
  • Don't Call Girls Bossy 
  • NH NRCS Staff Stories 

CIG Pre-proposals Due
Calendar of Events

  • NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant State Application Pre-proposals due May 2nd.
  • announcement
  • Merrimack County Conservation District Annual Tree, Shrub, Bulb & More Fundraiser through March 24th
  • Pollinator Conservation Short Course sponsored by the Xerces Society and the Cheshire and Hillsborough County Conservation Districts March 25th, 9:00 to 4:00, Jaffrey, NH
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival March 28th, 5:30, Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
  • Saving Special Places April 5th, 8:00 to 3:45, Laconia, NH
  • Saco River Water Conference April 23rd, 8:30 to 3:45, Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy, ME
  • NHDES Drinking Water Source Protection Conference April 30th, 8:30 to 4:00, The Grappone Center, Concord, NH
  • Monadnock Farm Summit May 19th, 5:30 to 7:30, Heberton Hall, next to the Keene Public Library 60 Winter Street

January 2014 Conservation Connection Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Bipartisan Agreement on a New Farm Bill:  Congress on Verge of Enacting 5-Year Farm Bill Legislation
  • The NH NRCS Receives The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Partner Award
  • Join a Local and National Conversation on Cover Crop and Soil Health February 18, 2014
  • NRCS NH Expands Financial Assistance for High Tunnels
  • New Hampshire Has Been Selected to Participate in a National Water Quality Pilot Project by the NRCS
  • NRCS NH Bids Farewell, Welcome, and Welcome back
  • Civil Rights:
    - Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
    - Temple Grandin
  • January is National Mentoring Month
  • Health and Wellness:
    -  The power of will and yoga
    -  Lifestyle change vs. New Year's Resolutions
    -  Everybody Walks Campaign
  • Featured photos:  before and after of Old Mill Gravel Pit Restoration
  • Calendar of Events:
    -  NOFA-NH's 12th Annual Winter Conference, February 1 & 2, 2014 in Concord
    -  NH Farm and Forest Expo, February 7 & 8, 2014 in Manchester
    -  Women in Ag Conference, February 7th at the NH Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester
    -  Applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program are due February 7, 2014
    -  Cover Crop and Soil Health Workshop, February 18, 2014 in Concord
    -  Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference, April 29 and 30, 2014 in Newport, RI 
    -  Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Plant Sale -- Deadline for Orders is March 12, 2014

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