America’s Largest Conservation Program Accepting Applications Until February 3, 2017

Madison, Wis., Jan. 13, 2017. The USDA-NRCS reminds farmers and landowners to stop into your local USDA Service Center NOW if you are interested in applying for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. To be considered for FY2017 funding, applicants will need to have eligibility and submit their application by February 3, 2017. Read more

Indiana NRCS Announces EQIP Application Deadline

Indianapolis, IN, December 23, 2016 – Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that January 20, 2017 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we are taking applications throughout the year, the first review of applications for funding will be for applications received by January 20. If more funds are available after this date, there will be another review for additional applications. I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by the application deadline,” Hardisty explains. Read more

USDA Project Multiplies Evidence of Farm Conservation

Denise Coleman, PA NRCS State Conservationist

The saying “everything flows downstream” is especially important in a place like Pennsylvania, where the land-management decisions of farmers and forest landowners are helping send cleaner water downstream to the Chesapeake Bay.

Since 2009, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has worked with partners and producers to install conservation systems on more than 1 million acres in the basin, investing $267 million. Read more

EPA: 4 of 10 lakes have too much nitrogen and phosphorus

A recently released national assessment of the nation’s lakes has found that 4 in 10 lakes have too much nitrogen and phosphorus.

Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degrade habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39% of lakes, but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30% of lakes. Read more