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Conservation Connection e-blast - April 11, 2014

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

Next Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) cut-off date is May 16, 2014

An NRCS planner and a farmer discuss conservation options in a field.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced  May 16th as the next cut-off date for funding under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). All eligible and complete applications received by that date will be evaluated and ranked for available funding.  Massachusetts is slated to receive approximately $3 million in EQIP funding authorized under the new 2014 Farm Bill.




Sustainable Local Agriculture will be focus of competition for Bay State teens

Students analyze soil at the 2013 Massachusetts EnvirothonWhen it comes to promoting sustainable local agriculture, what could be more sustainable than preparing the next generation to understand and act on issues that affect local farms? That’s exactly what the Massachusetts Envirothon environmental education program for high school students has been doing this school year. And those students are headed to Leominster on Thursday, May 15th to show how much they’ve learned.