The first participants of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have from July 11 until Sept. 12 to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activities that will benefit priority natural resource issues.
Farmers and landowners in Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas have until Aug. 15, 2014, to submit applications to receive cost-share assistance to implement conservation practices through the Illinois River Sub-Basin and Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed Initiative. Applicants can sign up at the Benton and Washington county USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field service centers.
Land treatment and structural practices will be installed on a voluntary basis in the project area using the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
For more information and to submit an application, call the Benton County NRCS office at (479) 273-2622, extension 3; or Washington County NRCS office at (479) 442-4160, extension 3.
Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, 6883 S. State Highway 23 south of Booneville
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Booneville Plant Materials Center, Agricultural Research Service and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation are co-sponsoring a Planning Pollinator Habitat on Working Farms Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 2014.
The workshop, held at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, 6883 S. State Highway 23 south of Booneville, will include presentations and field tours to teach the basics of:
Choosing a site on your farm to establish pollinator habitat,
Using specific pollinator species to improve vegetable and fruit production,
The importance of establishing pollinator habitat for honey production,
Integrating pollinator habitat areas into livestock grazing programs for cattle, sheep and goats; and
Opportunities for financial assistance to establish pollinator habitat from NRCS.
Fees: RSVP to the Booneville Plant Materials Center at (479) 675-5182. The workshop is free.