Approximately $250,000 in funding is available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.
State, tribal, and local governmental entities; non-governmental organizations; and individuals may apply. Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern. Project results are expected to improve and create the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals or guides or to the private sector.
For FY 2014, Arkansas NRCS will consider offering CIG in the following areas: Nutrient Management to Improve Water Quality, Integrated Pest Management, High Tunnels, Organic, Invasive Species, Irrigation, Livestock Watering, and Soil Health. More information
Historically underserved producers in Arkansas’s 48 StrikeForce counties have until May 16, 2014, to submit applications to be considered for financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2014 program year. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field service center. More information.
Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until May 16, 2014, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program’s (EQIP) Organic and High Tunnel Initiatives for the 2014 program year. Applicants can sign up at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field service center.
Individuals and other entities engaged in livestock and/or crop production are eligible to participate. Eligible land includes cropland, pasture, private non-industrial forest land, and other farm and ranch lands. More information.
Location: Cattlemen's Assn. Bldg., Carroll Co. Fairgrounds, Berryville AR
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 Welcome - Phil Swan, NAMGA President
9:05 Making the Most of Your Farm - Conservation Planning - Jeremy Huff, NRCS
10:00 Nutritional Value of Browse & Weeds - Claire Whiteside, NRCS
10:30 Adding Sheep or Goats to a Cattle Farm - Randy Forst, Carroll Co CES
12:15 p.m. Introduction to Ross Farm - Bill & Loretta Ross
12:25 Biosecurity on the Farm - Randy Forst
LUNCH: Meat Goat Chili & Desserts
12:45 Pasture Walk on the nearby Bill and Loretta Ross Farm
(See sheep & goats w/electric fencing, ID Plants & Inventory Pastures)
2:30 NRCS Assistance – Kristin Whittmore, Carroll Co NRCS
2:40 NAMGA Quarterly Mtg