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Revising fertilizer recommendations for corn, soybean and wheat

Ohio State is in the process of updating the Tri-State Recommendations, looking specifically at N, P and K in corn, soybean and wheat. This is a major undertaking that will require a collective effort from numerous extension personnel, crop consultants and farmer cooperators. We will cast a broad net to collect data from a large number of farms across the state to determine economically-optimum fertilization rates. Read more

Public-Private Partners Reaching out to Saginaw Bay-Area Farmers

EAST LANSING, Sept. 30, 2015— A broad partnership, including The Nature Conservancy, the Michigan AgriBusiness Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wants to help farmers in the Saginaw Bay watershed improve water quality.
The Saginaw Bay Regional Conservation Partnership Program will make over $7.6 million in USDA financial assistance available to help farmers adapt new conservation practices. Private sector crop consultants and other partners will assist the effort by informing farmers about the resources available through the program. Farmers in designated watersheds can submit applications any time at their local USDA Service Center. Applications will be ranked and selected for funding near the end of each month beginning on Oct. 30, 2015, and continuing into next year. Read more

New York NRCS Accepting Applications for EQIP Programs thru Oct 16, 2015

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.

NRCS-New York has set October 16, 2015 as the application cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2016 fiscal year.

Applications accepted after October 16, 2015 may be considered for funding if additional application rounds are announced or for potential consideration in 2016. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.

Pennsylvania NRCS Accepting Applications for Conservation Programs thru Oct 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits. Read more