Monthly Archives: December 2012

NRCS Application Notice, Apply NOW!

NRCS Notice Applications Due December 21st, 2012

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) photo (6)reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that eligible for the agency’s most common Farm Bill Programs (Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Agricultural Management Assistance Program, and Conservation Stewardship Program). Applications for the second ranking period of 2013 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on December 21, 2012.
The NRCS Office Locator is available at www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.

 
“We are encouraging farmers and ranchers to utilize the federal funding available to
help improve conservation on private land,” said Mr. Angel Figueroa, NRCS Director of the Pacific Islands Area (PIA).

Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land.

Learn more about Farm Bill Programs and find out about other NRCS services at
www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

 

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What should a “Local” Farm look like?

Beef Runner

I have another article on CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy, this week! This time I’m bringing up the discussion of local food from the perspective of a farmer who most do not consider as ‘local’.  Be sure to read the entire article and join the discussion on CNN’s page.

CNN Local FoodThe term “local” is used frequently in conversations centered on the American food system. Is it 50 miles from your home or 500? Must the food be purchased directly from the farmer? Can the food be sourced by a retailer and sold under a “local” label for stronger buying power?

I have listened to several panel discussions on food topics over the past year and the topic of local food sources normally pops up. Some of these panel discussions have included suburban or urban mothers and restaurant owners. When asked what they considered local food and farmers, a common theme arises…

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