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Conservation Connection e-blast - November 16, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast


Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners

NRCS Chief Dave WhiteNRCS Chief Dave White to retire December 3rd

Dave White, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced his retirement effective December 3, 2012. Jason Weller has been named the Acting NRCS Chief, beginning December 4, 2012.

White was a career conservationist with NRCS. He has provided technical and management expertise in Missouri, South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Montana, where he served as State Conservationist from 2002 to 2008. White also served in the Senate Agriculture Committee where he helped craft the Conservation Title for both the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills. He also served on the White House Task Force for Livable Communities during the Clinton Administration.

During his four years as NRCS Chief, White developed and implemented forward-looking ideas to advance private lands conservation, including more than a dozen landscape conservation initiatives such as the Sage-Grouse and Migratory Bird Habitat Initiatives.

A scene from the Dust Bowl.Early NRCS to be featured in Ken Burns Dust Bowl documentary

Seventy-seven years after the creation of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a new documentary reminds the public of the agency's beginnings amid the nation’s worst man-made ecological disaster. “The Dust Bowl,” a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns to air Nov. 18-19 on PBS, chronicles the era of drought and dust storms as well as the creation of the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), which eventually became NRCS.

Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts logoBeginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts website launched

The Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass), a collaborative network of farmers and farm service providers dedicated to beginning farmer success in the Bay State, has launched a new website to share resources and cultivate successful farmers at NRCS resources are listed in the service provider directory.

State Technical Committee meeting notice

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a State Technical Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, at the NRCS State Office, 451 West Street, Amherst, MA. If you wish to add agenda items or need special accommodations, contact Barbara Miller at 413-253-4380 or by November 30, 2012.

A farmer and NRCS conservationist shake hands in a field.REMINDER: Cut-off date for conservation programs in Massachusetts is December 21st

Applications for four federal conservation programs will be ranked for possible funding on December 21, 2012. Massachusetts farmers and forest land owners can apply for these programs anytime throughout the year; but NRCS will review and rank all complete applications for the current round of funding on that date.


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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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