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Fight Tree-Damaging Insects through Conservation

Learn what practices you can implement to assist with tree hazards that affect livestock and crop production
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Dead Ash Trees

Apply by October 20 for funding in the current cycle. 

As the incidence of non-native pests and pathogens continue to rise and cause wide-spread tree mortality, crop fields and livestock operations are experiencing increased farm damage that can go beyond normal maintenance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has several conservation practices available in New Jersey to help farmers dealing with hazards resulting from dead trees through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Interested producers should apply by October 20, 2023 for FY24 funding. 

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is one of many examples of how an exotic insect can rapidly impact conservation in forests and on farms. EAB emerged in New Jersey over the past few years and has rapidly killed trees in the ash family (Fraxinus spp.). Once dead, these trees quickly degrade and become hazardous as they break apart. Since ash trees are often found concentrated in the moist woods surrounding farm fields or in hedgerows, the falling trees pose a threat to crops and livestock.

NRCS has several practices that may be useful to help protect crops, animals, and certain farm infrastructure from these threats, and to restore the benefits of tree cover.

Contact your local service center for more information and to apply for funding.

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