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Get Access to the Farmers.gov Dashboard

December 20, 2018 - The secure farmers.gov dashboard offers self-service features to manage USDA business online. Read the article.

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Faces of Vermont Agriculture: New Video Series

December 11, 2018 - Join us as we visit eight Vermont farms and meet farmers like Eugenie Doyle who are using conservation to improve their operations and conserve natural resources. Read the article.

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Conservation in Review

December 4, 2018 - ‘Tis the season for shopping and gift giving. With all the potential presents out there, making the right choice can be tough. That’s when people often turn to reviews.

To help you decide, we’re going to share some “reviews” of a few of our most popular conservation practices. Read the article.

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From Football to Farming: Urban Agriculture in Dallas

December 4, 2018 - Join us as we tour three urban farms and meet farmers who are growing food for their local communities. Read the article.

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#FridaysOnTheFarm: The Proof is in the Soil

November 30, 2018 - Meet Derek Van De Hey, one of six Wisconsin farmers participating in a unique project to showcase conservation practices that are reducing agriculture’s impact on water quality in Lake Michigan. Read the article.
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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Partnerships Boost Production and Profits

November 16, 2018- This Friday, meet Donny Schneider, a second-generation farmer from Ovid, Colorado whose 20-year partnership with USDA has provided with resources and expertise. Read the article.

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Grow and Tell: Bring out the Crimp

November 15, 2018 - Levi Lyle uses a roller crimper to terminate his cover crop and ready his fields for planting his next crop. Read the article about Grow and Tell.

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The Dollars and Cents of Soil Health: A Farmer’s Perspective

November 13, 2018 -Could no-till and cover crops boost your bottom line? Read more.

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It’s No-Till November: Iowa Farmer Uses Roller Crimper in Organic No-Till System

November 9, 2018 - Learn how no-till farmer Levi Lyle uses a roller crimper instead of herbicides to kill cover crops on his organic farm in Keota, Iowa. Read this article.

 

 

 

A Hero and His Honeybees

#FridaysOnTheFarm: A Hero and His Honeybees

November 9, 2018 - Army veteran Eric Grandon never dreamed he would be a farmer. Now, he and his wife run a thriving vegetable and honey operation. Read the article.

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Farming in the City

November 8, 2018 - From backyard community gardens to rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food. Read the article.

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Park Your Plow: 5 Tips for the No-Till-Curious

November 6, 2018 - If you’d like to try no-till, we wrote this for you. Read more.

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For Future Generations of Ranchers and Sage Grouse

November 2, 2018 - David Sceirine is protecting key wildlife habitat on his family’s ranch. Read the article about Ranchers and Sage Grouse.

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Give Your Farm a Rugged, Natural Look

November 1, 2018- Many farmers till during the fall. This year, we encourage you not to. Leave it be, let it grow. Save time, money and improve your soil’s health by joining the farmers who observe “No-Till November.” Read the article.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Coffee Table Dreams Become Reality for Western Iowa Couple

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Coffee Table Dreams Become Reality for Western Iowa Couple

October 26, 2018 -This Friday, meet Molly and John Heaps, who only a short decade ago worked full-time non-farming jobs. Now, they run a farm. Read more.

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USDA Helps Veteran’s Dream Come True

After returning home from Iraq, Matthew Anglin realized he wanted to spend more quality time at home with his wife and kids. This desire led the Anglins to venture into farming. And with a little help from USDA, the Anglins were able to get started. Read more.

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Keeping Lands in Family Hands

October 10, 2018 -An agricultural land easement from USDA helps a fifth-generation farm family keep its nursey and orchards in production. Read the article.

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If Life Gives You Land, Grow Citrus

October 5, 2018- Meet Lindy Savelle, a relatively new citrus farmer who got into the industry after two years working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Afghanistan. Read the article.

 

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Preserving Old Florida

October 2, 2018 - The Lightsey family has been running cattle in central Florida since the 1850s, but with 1,000 people moving to Florida daily, development encroaches on their legacy and the natural resources that support it. Read morea bout the Lightsey family.

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Helping a Massachusetts Apple Farm be Red and Green

September 27, 2018 - From solar to micro-irrigation, this Massachusetts orchard uses innovation to grow for the future. Read about the Apple Farm.

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Conservation System Helps Missouri Farmer Weather Drought

September 25, 2018 - Much of Missouri is now suffering from drought. But one farmer said a change in his management system has made his land more resilient to it. Read more.

Meet Kenneth McAlister. a nationally recognized soil health champion from Electra, Texas, who has used no-till and cover crops to diversify his operation and strengthen his bottom line.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: A Soil Health Game Changer

September 21, 2018 - This Friday, meet Kenneth McAlister. a nationally recognized soil health champion from Electra, Texas, who has used no-till and cover crops to diversify his operation and strengthen his bottom line. Read more.

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Cranberries at the Heart of Conservation

Conservation Plan Makes Cranberries Thrive on This Wisconsin Farm

September 20, 2018 - Learn how Mary Brown has continued the cranberry growing tradition her family started nearly a century ago. She credits conservation as the reason her land and berries are thriving.

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Rangeland Analysis Platform

September 18, 2018 - New Technology for Landowners and Resource Managers Revolutionizes Rangeland Monitoring.

Jen Aron knows a secret – if you feed soil microbes, they'll help your plants grow.

Grow and Tell: Oregon Microbe Farmer

Jen Aron knows a secret – if you feed soil microbes, they’ll help your plants grow. Read more.

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Oregon Vineyard Abuzz with Pollinators

Native flowers and pollinators help this vineyard grow.

 

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It’s all about water quality for Ward’s Berry Farm


September 6, 2018 - For Jim Ward, clean water and healthy soil equals better quality produce for customers. Read about Ward's Berry Farm.

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Five Questions Non-Operator Landowners Should Ask Their Farmers about Soil Health

August 29, 2018 - Farmers and non-operator landowners both benefit by building healthier soils. Get started today with these 5 questions. Read the Soil Health article.

Don't miss the last stop on our #conservationroadtrip – Baltimore, Maryland! Today, we see how Warren and Lavette Blue are using tunnels to produce fresh, local fruits and vegetables for their community.

Vegging in the City: Using High Tunnels to Grow Local, Healthy Produce in Baltimore

Don’t miss the last stop on our #conservationroadtrip – Baltimore, Maryland! Today, we see how Warren and Lavette Blue are using high tunnels in their urban farm to produce fresh, local fruits and vegetables for their community.

The days are long and the road sure is winding! We're stopping at Reed and Erin Petersek's ranch not far from Interstate 90 in the center of South Dakota. The Peterseks are in the business to build something lasting for their sons, Owen and Sam.

Raven Angus: It's a Family Affair

Aug. 21, 2018  - Today we're stopping at Reed and Erin Petersek’s ranch not far from Interstate 90 in South Dakota. The Peterseks are in the business to build something lasting for their sons, Owen and Sam.

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#ConservationRoadTrip: Making a Difference in Oklahoma

Aug. 14, 2018 - Jimmy Emmons shares his passion for soil health, and how it’s helped him recover from disaster.

Farmer Grows to Feed Her Community

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Farmer Grows to Feed Her Community

August 10, 2018 - Meet Baylee Drown, a farmer who works to provide locally-grown products to her neighbors in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Read the Article

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Finding Water for Livestock

August 9, 2018 - Today we meet the Hunewill family who graze cattle near the Excelsior Mountains in western Nevada.  Learn how NRCS helped these ranchers develop a reliable water source for their animals.  

John Engelien's forest management plan includes unhealthy tree thinning, brush removal, and ���lop and scatter'—a technique that involves cutting debris into smaller pieces and scattering it to speed decomposition. All these practices support healthy forest ecosystems and promote wildfire resistance.

Stopping Wildfire in its Tracks

August 7, 2018 - Today, we visit Oregon rancher and forester, John Engelien, who is working to make his ranch fire resistant.

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Farm to Table

Today, we’re headed to Alaska on our #conservationroadtrip to meet an Alaskan birch syrup farmer.

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Old Tech, Best Tech

August 1, 2018- Next stop on our #ConservationRoadtrip is in Likely, California. We're driving out to Willow Creek Ranch to meet Pearce Flournoy, who worked with NRCS to water his livestock during a recent drought. 

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Taking No-Till to the Next Level

July 25, 2018 - Join us as we make our next stop on our #conservationroadtrip!

Returning Bison, Native Grasses to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

Returning Bison, Native Grasses to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

July 24, 2018- Today, we’re headed to South Dakota on our #conservationroadtrip to see how Ronald BrownOtter returns native species like bison and grasslands to the prairie using bison fencing and rotational grazing.  

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Pint-Sized Management Plan

July 20, 2018 - No road trip would be complete without a stop in the great state of Texas! Join us as we visit with Henrietta rancher, Brent Durham, who uses an intensive rotational grazing system to improve quail habitat. 

 

Organic Farmer Grows to Meet local demand in Illnois

Organic Farmer Grows to Meet Local Demand in Illinois

July 12, 2018- Next stop on our #conservationroadtrip – Illinois! Today, we learn how Farmer Brown grew his business by meeting the demand for local, organic produce.

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Following a Dream

July 11, 2018- After leaving Maryland on our #conservationroadtrip, we’re headed to Hampshire County, West Virginia to visit two veterans who decided to start farming.

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Freeing a Trapped River

July 5, 2018 - Next stop on our #conservationroadtrip is Maryland, where farmers and partners are teaming up to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Conservation Road Trip

July 3, 2018 - During the next month or so, we aim to see as much of the country as we can. And along the way, we’re going to visit some exceptional farmers and ranchers.

Innovative Practices Protect Natural Resources at First Generation Dairy Farm

Innovative Practices Protect Natural Resources at First Generation Dairy Farm


June 29, 2018 - Jon Lucas works hard to balance sustainability and profitability on his dairy farm. He and his family illustrate their dedication to environmental stewardship by working with NRCS to reduce runoff and protect local water quality. Read the article.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Fiber Farm Weaves Together Resources

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Fiber Farm Weaves Together Resources

June 29, 2018 - Meet Bridget Kavanagh, and learn how USDA programs helped her make improvements to her operation – Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm – in Mason, Michigan. Read the article.

 

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Where Wildflowers Will Always Bee

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Where Wildflowers Will Always Bee

June 22, 2018 - Bees are pretty happy creatures on Jim Keegan’s ranch in Bear Valley, Calif., and, with help of a conservation easement, the bees will be happy there forever. Read the article.

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Depending on the Wild to Pollinate


June 21, 2018 - Wisconsin producers Deirdre Birmingham and her husband, John Biondi, own and operate 166 acres of organic hard cider orchard in Mineral Point. They grow organic cider apples to make cider, and attribute their successful farming business to conservation practices used through NRCS’s conservation programs.

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A Little Bees With That Wine?

June 20, 2018 - A custom mix of native flowers has this Oregon vineyard abuzz with pollinators. Read the article.

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Farmers Can ‘Bee’ a Friend to Pollinators

June 18, 2018 - Agricultural producers can use conservation practices to help pollinators by creating and enhancing habitat. Read more.

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Preserving Florida’s Heritage

June 13, 2018 - Conservation easements are helping protect Florida’s agricultural heritage while conserving valuable resources.

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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Restoring Sagebrush Country With ‘Modern Wildfire’

June 8, 2018 - Robin Laakso, second-generation landowner in Paulina, Oregon, is committed to conserving her land. Farm Bill programs offered by USDA are helping Robin remove juniper trees and restore sagebrush country.  Read the article.

Create Your Summer Escape With Conservation

Create Your Summer Escape With Conservation

June 5, 2018 - Bring the vacation home this summer with conservation that enhances natural resources and beautifies your land. Read the article.

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Virginia Waterman Uses Agriculture to Sustain Family Business

June 4, 2018 - Richard Harding Jr. has seen the ups and downs of the oyster industry and thinks aquaculture could hold the key to a brighter future for watermen and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

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May 25, 2018 - A look at our successful initiative to fight erosion in the Driftless Area.
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Wetland Oasis Mingles with Urban Life

May 21, 2018 - Crucial agriculture land near Park City was the first NRCS permanent wetland easement in Utah.

After serving our country, see how two veterans embarked on a career in agriculture and made a difference for one of our country's poorest counties.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Veterans Growing Jobs, Food and Futures in West Virginia

May 18, 2018 - This Friday, meet Jason Tartt and Sylvester “Sky” Edwards, two military veterans who are reviving agriculture in McDowell County, West Virginia. Using high tunnels to grow healthy local food, they are training other potential farmers from their community, improving the health and economy of the area. Read the article.

Are Wetland Easements Right for You?

Are Wetland Easements Right for You?

May 16, 2018 - Have you thought about protecting, restoring or enhancing wetlands on your land? We’re here to help. Read the article.  Read more.

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Protecting History

May 13, 2018- E. McDonald “Mac” Berryman doesn’t just farm in a historic area. He is an integral part of the story of Virginia agriculture.

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Wetland Wonder

May 10, 2018 - Delmarva farmers, Matt and Marilyn Spong, protect their wetland and the creatures that live there. Read more.

May is National Wetlands Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate one of nature's most productive ecosystems.

Celebrating Wetlands

May 2, 2018- May is National Wetlands Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate one of nature’s most productive ecosystems.

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Sheep Ranch Corners Conservation Market by Improving Soil Health

May 1, 2018 -Learn how one California sheep ranch turned conservation practices into a competitive business advantage.

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Earth Day Every Day

April 20, 2018 -On Earth Day we celebrate the farmers, ranchers and foresters who’ve arranged their lives and livelihoods to improve the environment for us all.

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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Goats and Gardens in Jackson, Mississippi

April 20, 2018 -Meet Cindy Ayers-Elliott, a CEO-turned-farmer who raises goats and grows fresh produce in Jackson, Mississippi. Read more.

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Over 34,000 Volunteers Helped NRCS Accomplish its Mission in 2017


April 16 2018- This week, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) celebrates its Earth Team volunteers who dedicate their time and talents each year to help our nation’s growers build productive and sustainable operations. Read more.

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Honoring Our Founder: Hugh Hammond Bennett

April 13, 2018- NRCS’ founder, known as the father of soil conservation, was born on April 13, 1881. Find out more about his life, legacy and the soil conservation movement in the U.S. Read more.

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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Growing a Dairy One Scoop at a Time

April 13, 2018 - Jared and Treacy Weeks are growing their dairy operations, which produces fresh, local milk and ice cream in Ringoes, New Jersey. Read more.

In this #Fridaysonthefarm, meet Mike and Jay Carlson, owners and managers of 157 rolling acres in the Driftless Area of Richland County, Wisconsin. They worked with NRCS to set management goals that helped protect water, prevent erosion, and combat invasive species on their land.

#Fridaysonthefarm: Planning Boosts Forest Health and Management

April 6, 2018 - Meet Mike and Jay Carlson, owners and managers of 157 rolling acres in the Driftless Area of Richland County, Wisconsin. They worked with NRCS to set management goals that helped protect water, prevent erosion, and combat invasive species on their land. Read more.

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Green Fire Farm Mimics Nature to Create a Pasture of the Future

April 3, 2018 - NRCS launches the first week of its April theme, #ConservationCelebration, by celebrating Jacob and Jim Marty, a father and son team who works with NRCS through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to support their regenerative operation and mimicking nature to create a pasture of the future.

In this #Fridaysonthefarm, meet Sarah Longstreth, owner of Good Stead Farm, a source of fresh, local organic food in Midland County, Michigan.

#FridaysontheFarm: Michigan Organic Farm Stands in ‘Good Stead’

March 30, 2018 - Sarah Longstreth owns Good Stead Farm, which is a source of fresh, local organic food in Midland County, Michigan.

The Roaring Lion Fire burned in Ravalli County near Hamilton, Mont., in 2016. Photo by USDA Forest Service Emergency Program Helps Community Repair Impacts from Roaring Lion Fire

March 29, 2018 -A wildfire in the rugged Roaring Lion region of Montana claimed 8,658 acres of standing timber and grass understory, 16 homes, and 49 outbuildings. See how they worked with NRCS repair fire damage to their property, and prevent long-term risks. Read more.
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Managing for Soil Health across 20,000 Acres


On National Ag Day, we pause to celebrate the many farmers, ranchers and foresters working hard to grow the food, fuel and fiber that sustain us all.
Mark Anson is one such farmer. Meet Anson, and learn how he’s used soil health practices to revitalize his family’s 20,000 acre corn and soybeans operation in Monroe City, Indiana. Read more. 

Farm Community Effort Leads to Improved Drinking Water for Thousands

Farm Community Effort Leads to Improved Drinking Water for Thousands

When nitrate levels began to threaten the drinking water supply for thousands of residents downstream, these conservation-minded farmers stepped up to ensure clean water was flowing through their community.

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USDA Employees Answer the Call


March 15, 2018 - From Puerto Rico to California, USDA employees are helping farmers, ranchers and communities respond to recent hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. NRCS Employee Jonathon Groveman shares his experiences from Puerto Rico, where USDA answered the call after Hurricane Maria. Read more.

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The Dollars and Cents of Soil Health: A Farmer’s Perspective

March 12, 2018- We know conservation practices like no-till and cover crops can improve soil health, but how do they affect yields and profit margins?

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#Fridaysonthefarm: Conservation Nets Better Irrigation, Saves Money and Doubles Growing Space to Boost Profits


March 9, 2018 - Matt Churchill and Jennifer Christian, owners of Pariah Dog Farm, used to irrigate their crops by filling up 500-gallon water tanks with a garden hose overnight, then hauling them out to the field the next morning. See how NRCS helped this couple modernize their irrigation process to save time and money.

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#FridaysontheFarm: Triumph over Tribulations

March 2, 2018- Rancher Stephen Diebel rode out Hurricane Harvey on his fifth-generation family ranch in Victoria, Texas. He strongly believes the conservation practices he implemented offered a firm foundation that protected his pastures and land.

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Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters

March 1, 2018- Improving the health of our nation’s soils is one rarely-discussed step we can take to prepare for natural disasters such as mudslides, flooding and drought.

Read the Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters.

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#FridaysontheFarm: Growing Organic Produce with a Purpose

February 23, 2018 - Richard DeWilde’s passion for healthy soil and growing organic food has led to a growing organic community in his home state of Wisconsin.

#Fridaysonthefarm: A Sprouting Business

#Fridaysonthefarm: A Sprouting Business

February 16, 2018 - Garland Hampton is making a difference in his neighborhood by growing affordable, healthy food closer to the people who need it the most.

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Live. Love. Graze.

February 13, 2018 - These lucky sheep are getting exactly what they want for Valentine’s Day.

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#Fridaysonthefarm Series

February 9, 2018 - If it’s bees and trees, Willie Earl Paramore is an expert. With 92 years under his belt, he’s turned a burning passion into a lasting legacy on his land for forestry, pollinators and wildlife. See what’s next for the third generation farmer and how NRCS has helped him along the way.

 

#Fridaysonthefarm: Managing for Soil Health across 20,000 Acres

#Fridaysonthefarm: Managing for Soil Health across 20,000 Acres

February 2, 2018 -Located in Monroe City, Indiana, Anson Family Farms is a corn and soybean operation that has been in the family for four generations. This Friday, meet Mark Anson and learn how he manages 20,000 acres with soil health in mind. 

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#Fridaysonthefarm: Growing Hope at Clara White Mission

January 26, 2018 - Meet Ju’Coby Pitman, president and CEO of Clara White Mission in Jacksonville, Florida. Her energy, leadership and vision are shaping the surrounding community, while providing locally-grown food and job opportunities to the less fortunate.

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Innovative Funding Model Gets Conservation on the Ground

January 24, 2017- NRCS invests in creative strategies to expand conservation opportunities for our customers, like Pay for Success. This cutting-edge financing model, leverages private investment to achieve conservation outcomes with a public benefit.

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The Dynamic Darters

January 23, 2018 - Found in one of the most biologically diverse water systems in the Southeast, the once-declining bridled and holiday darters are now on the rebound. Farmers and forest landowners have used conservation practices to improve water quality, providing much-needed habitat for the two fish.

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#Fridaysonthefarm: Good Forest Management Yields Wildlife Oasis

January 19, 2017 - Meet Mike and Laura Jackson, who are managing their forests in Bedford County, Pennsylvania to provide high-quality habitat for wildlife. The avid birders are using sustainable forestry practices to increase the diversity of forest age classes.

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#Fridaysonthefarm: Finding Value in Conservation Planning

January 12,2017 - This Friday, we head to Delaware to Georgia Cartanza, who knows firsthand the value of conservation planning.

 

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Harvey was Strong, Texas was Stronger

January 9, 2018- Rancher Stephen Diebel rode out Hurricane Harvey at his family’s century old ranch in Victoria, Texas. One of his first calls after the storm was to NRCS.

 

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Conservation Effects Assessment Project: A Study of Voluntary Conservation's Impact across Our Nation's Working Lands

January 9, 2018 - Learn about CEAP, a joint effort led by NRCS to assess the effectiveness of conservation practices impacting croplands, grazing lands, wetlands, wildlife, and watersheds across the nation.

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#FridaysontheFarm: Balancing Business with Culture


January 5, 2018 - This Friday, we visit one of the best managed forests in the nation, Coquille Forest. This treasure produces a whopping 300,000,000 board feet of timber, yearly. And its biodiversity influences forest health, affording the Coquille Tribe 20 percent of their revenue.

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Tracking Songbird Success in Pennsylvania’s Forests

January 4, 2018 - Scientists are measuring how the golden-winged warbler responds to the use of sustainable forestry practices to better inform conservation efforts.

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The Conservation Gift that Benefits Us for Countless New Years to Come

January 4, 2018 -  As we bid farewell to the holiday season, it’s a good time to take stock of the conservation gifts that we’ll continue to enjoy in the New Year and for years to come. Read the USDA Blog