The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is offering another year of Irrigation Water Management (IWM) Service in conjunction with the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP.) It is an open enrollment, but no refunds will be given after June 15th.
IWM is the practice of monitoring and managing the rate, volume, and timing of water application according to the seasonal crop needs, giving consideration to the soil intake and water holding capacities. Irrigation Water Management will help irrigators determine the effectiveness of irrigation practices, make good water management decisions, and justify making irrigation adjustment in existing systems.
USDA Seeks Grant Proposals to Increase Recreational Public Access on Private Agricultural, Forest Lands
USDA is making $20 million available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Eligible governments are eligible to apply for VPA-HIP funds for proposed projects that can span up to three years. Award amounts range from $75,000 to $1 million per year. USDA's 60-day application period will run from Feb. 23 through April 24, 2015. Eligible governments must complete the applications through Grants.gov.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. These producers must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches. For more information: Conservation Stewardship Program
Gallatin Conservation Partnership
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, April 2
6:00 - 7:30 pm at Gallatin Conservation District
120 S 5th St, Suite B104, Manhattan
Come learn about a new program in the Gallatin Valley, recently awarded $3.8M from the Natural Resource Conservation Service for conservation easements and stream improvement projects on agricultural land.
We are pleased to welcome Dave Scott, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with NCAT of Butte. Dave will present on the basis and benefits of providing rest for your pastures through managed grazing plans and plant assessments, with an emphasis on methods for low water conditions. It will be held in the Basement Conference room of the First Madison Valley Bank from 12- 2 PM. This workshop is $5 and includes lunch. Please RSVP by noon, Friday, April 2 by calling the MCD Office at 682-3181 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals cannot be guaranteed if you RSVP after this date.