Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Indiana Watershed Initiative

Indianapolis, IN, February 28, 2017 – Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that NRCS is accepting applications until April 21 to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in two targeted watersheds in northern Indiana. Read more

Improving On-Farm Practices for Sustainability


Maintaining and protecting the quality of Iowa’s water supply remains a top priority for area farmers, the fertilizer industry, agricultural retailers and consumers alike. And in a world of $3.50 corn, sustainability needs to be meaningful and profitable for farmers.

To help their Iowa farmer customers, Linn Co-op Oil Company has focused on elevating the sustainable ideas of industry partners who are committed to reducing nutrient runoff. These meetings help Linn Co-op’s customers connect and learn how to implement best practices through programs like Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. 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