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NRCS Supports Ag Week 2011

NRCS Supports Ag Week 2011
by Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, DNREC

Friends of the agricultural industry could be found at the 6th Annual Delaware Agriculture Week during January 17-22 at the State Fairgrounds.  Representatives from both the private and public sector came together during "Ag Week" to "impart useful and timely information to people whose livelihoods depend on maintaining the quality and productivity of the Delaware landscape," said Cory Whaley, University of Delaware Extension Ag Agent and Chairman of the planning committee.  

tommy&farmer.jpgThe week-long event gave the agricultural community an opportunity to share knowledge on a variety of topics ranging from crop insurance to pesticide applications to soil health management.  The event also provided opportunities for participants to receive continuing education credits, as well as time to meet with old friends and make new ones. 

Several USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff members gave updates to participants on the Irrigation Water Management practice while others staffed the NRCS display.  As one of the 50 exhibitors, NRCS staffers had the opportunity during the three-day trade show to talk with over 140 guests about available programs and NRCS outreach efforts.  Fact sheets and pamphlets regarding the various programs were available to producers as well.  

Ag Week is collaboration between the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture and is held in January of each year. 

Caption: Tom Wiltbank, District Conservationist, Kent County, discusses a cost-share program to a local producer.


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