USDA-NRCS Addresses the 2008 Farm Bill at the Bell County Crops and Livest
story by Randy Henry
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helped landowners and producers learn more about the new 2008 Farm Bill at the 19th Annual Bell County Crops and Livestock Conference held at the Bell County Expo Center on Jan. 26, 2010, in Belton, Texas.
With approximately 280 attendees at the conference, dozens of people came by the NRCS booth and received information about NRCS conservation programs, along with updated brochures targeting the new Farm Bill, Web Soil Survey, and conservation planning.
"At this crop and livestock conference, we supplied landowners with proven techniques and ideas about marketing strategies, and excellent information about the new Farm Bill," said Dirk Aaron, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent in Bell County.
Kaleb Pool, NRCS district conservationist in Bartlett working with the Little River-San Gabriel Soil Water and Conservation District, addressed the conference audience with current updates about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the new Farm Bill going into 2010.
"With all the changes in the new Farm Bill and NRCS programs, it's good to give an update to landowners and producers so we all are on the same page," Pool said. "EQIP is probably the conservation program with the broadest appeal, so we hope to spread the word and apply all the conservation we can for Bell County and its surrounding communities."
"There is a new Farm Bill out there so our conference this year delivered broader, more informative presentations by conservation professionals to farmers and ranchers living in Bell County," Aaron said.
Additional presentations about conservation programs and issues included improved pasture management and weed control, perspectives on pesticide risk, small grains and oil seed production, and Lampasas Watershed impairment issues. Five continuing education units were offered focusing on integrated pest management, laws and regulations, and general units.
Plus, local NRCS personnel helped several conference attendees with questions about NRCS conservation programs, along with the Web Soil Survey and soil data available utilizing the new online tool. The personnel included Connie Ramirez, NRCS district conservationist and natural resources manager in Georgetown; Todnechia Mitchell, NRCS district conservationist in Cameron; Beau Gray, NRCS soil conservationist in Belton; Chuck Tonn, NRCS soil conservation technician in Belton; and Cody Mathis, NRCS soil conservationist in Cameron.
Sponsors for the conference included USDA-NRCS, Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Bell County, USDA Farm Service Agency, Central Texas Soil and Water Conservation District No. 509, and the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District.
As the doors opened in the morning, landowners and producers attending the 19th Annual Bell County Crop and Livestock Conference at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas, visited the NRCS booth for updated information about conservation programs. Cody Mathis (far left), NRCS soil conservationist in Cameron, and Chuck Tonn (center), NRCS soil conservation technician in Belton, help two attendees with their questions about the new Farm Bill and what can it do for their property.
Giving an informative update about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Kaleb Pool, NRCS district conservationist in Bartlett, delivered a presentation to a standing room only crowd of nearly 280 attendees at the 19th Annual Bell County Crop and Livestock Conference in Belton, Texas.
With approximately 280 farmers and ranchers in attendance, very few chairs were empty when the presentations started at the 19th Annual Bell County Crops and Livestock Conference, which was held on Jan. 26 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas.