Tag Archives: Conservation

MSU’s targeted conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

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• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

Conference honors UArk Extension’s Mike Daniels for conservation work

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• By Ryan McGeeney • The Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and the Judd Hill Foundation recently honored one of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s longest-serving conservation experts, presenting Mike Daniels with the 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award. Daniels, Extension soil and water conservation specialist for the Division of Agriculture, received the award as part of the ... Read More »

Passing down the passion

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SW Louisiana farm family continues and expands the conservation practices that previous generations started. • By Amy Robertson Fuselier • Located in Louisiana’s Acadia and Vermilion parishes is Simon Farms, a multi-generational family farm known far and wide for their dedication to conservation. This close-knit family has a passion for soil health and a thirst for knowledge about ways to ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »

Rice producer partners with UArk on forestry and wildlife programs

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• By Mary Hightower • The University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center recently announced a partnership for forestry and wildlife research and a graduate certificate program in conservation, property and land management. The agreement was announced following a signing ceremony at the Five Oaks ... Read More »

DU recognizes Scott Manley for rice stewardship work

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Dr. Scott Manley received an inaugural Ducks Unlimited Excellence in Conservation Award for his work on the Rice Stewardship Partnership. DU’s Conservation Programs Committee created these awards — a first for for the 83-year-old organization — to recognize outstanding conservation accomplishments and the DU staff who made them possible. The 2020 awards were announced Aug. 20 during the committee’s summer ... Read More »

NRCS opens rice-only conservation program for SW Louisiana

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program efforts led by the USA Rice–Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership. This special CSP initiative is specifically for rice producers. The Gulf Coast CSP special sign-up assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that aim ... Read More »

California nabs $5.5 million RCPP award for waterbird habitat enhancement

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The California Rice Commission and its industry partners have received a Regional Conservation Partnership Program award worth nearly $5.5 million. The funds will be used to continue collaborative work aimed at enhancing waterbird habitat in working rice fields. In addition to existing goals, the award also will help fund a few new objectives that include planting cover crops for nesting ... Read More »

Sustainable practices help pave the way ahead

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost spring, and we’re charging forward into another crop year. No doubt as you have been preparing for planting season, you’ve been reflecting on the successes and challenges of previous seasons and applying those practical lessons on your farm. Sustainability goals help offer new solutions every year, saving farmers money, time and resources, and resonating ... Read More »

NRCS sets deadlines to sign up for EQIP in Texas

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has set the first funding application deadline of April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. If additional financial assistance funds are still available, a second funding application deadline will be scheduled for May 15. Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. ... Read More »