USDA has extended the deadline for general CSP sign-up applications until Friday, March 13, 2015; providing farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers two additional weeks to apply for this year's funding.
Public meeting gives overview of the 2014 Farm Bill programs, discusses the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program and explains Conservation Compliance requirements. The committee will solicit recommendations for establishing technical guidelines, program criteria and priorities for conservation practices in Florida.
Location: Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
The Brooksville Plant Materials Center hosts a tour of research plots where they are collecting comprehensive data on the effect of various cover crop mixtures and suitability on soil quality and local growing conditions.
Yulee Tree Farm, from US Hwy 17 in Pierson, Fla. travel east on E Washington Ave in Pierson. This is the only stoplight on Hwy 17. Travel about 2 miles on E Washington Ave to Yulee Tree Farm’s west entrance. Forest Stewardship Tour signs will show the way.
Fees: $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at
Agricultural producers can apply until March 20th for 2015 financial assistance to make natural resource improvements through several specific initiatives. The USDA’s NRCS has designated funding for longleaf pine forests, seasonal high tunnels, pollinators, water quality, organic farming, on-farm energy and gopher tortoise habitat. Farmers and ranchers can apply through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Location: Withlacoochee Training Center, 24059 Childs Road, Brooksville, Fla.
Three-day course prepares landowners and natural resource professionals how to manage longleaf pine forests. Topics covered: history of longleaf pine, fire in longleaf ecosystems, restoration, stand management, wildlife management, cost-share opportunities, understory restoration, diseases and insect identification, economics/products/resources and materials.
Fees: $150 per participant and includes registration fee, materials,lodging and all meals. To register call Casey White at 334-427-1029 or email: Office@longleafalliance.org