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USDA Develops, Revises Conservation Practice Standards; Seeks Public Comments

USDA has revised several conservation practice standards, including nutrient management, and published them in the Federal Register for public comment. USDA is seeking comments on all the practices through February 25, 2011.

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USDA Under Secretary Merrigan Announces Protection of Nearly 150 Acres of Prime Rhode Island Farm Land.

USDA Publishes Final Rule for Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP); Seeks Public Comments

USDA has published its final rule for FRPP, which will make protecting important farm and ranch lands easier. The final rule is now in effect; however, USDA is providing a 30-day public comment period. Comments are due on or before February 23, 2011.

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NRCS Project Proposal Deadlines and Sign-up Information
NRCS staff reviewing conservation plan in the field with a dairy farmer in California. NRCS image.

Project Proposals Due This Month

Don’t miss the upcoming deadlines for the Mississippi River Basin and Chesapeake Bay initiatives, and for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program and Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.

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Organic Initiative Funding Applications Due March 4

Funding will help organic producers and those transitioning to organic production implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations.

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Practices like conservation tillage can help reduce atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon and reducing the use of fossil fuels on farms. NRCS image.

Grants Available for Climate Change Projects

$15 million in Conservation Innovation Grant funds and other assistance is available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote carbon sequestration on private lands.

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Associate Chief Murphy on Year-Long Detail to Afghanistan

NRCS Associate Chief Ginger Murphy will help implement and refine the country's agriculture strategy and help coordinate agricultural projects implemented by the U.S. Government.

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Updated 01/28/2011



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