A recent post from the USDA tells how a farmer improved his grazing operation with water structures and lines for his livestock and fields. For funding, he used the NRCS’s Environmental Quality Initiatives Program (EQIP), which also helped him establish field borders to protect wild turkeys. As pointed out in the USDA article, many farmers are unaware of the environmental and financial benefits of NRCS programs. Since this Tennessee farmer familiarized himself with the program and helped conserve natural resources, he was rewarded financially, environmentally and with a local Farm of the Year Award. Read more at http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/03/02/tennessee-farmer-creates-top-notch-turkey-habitat-while-improving-grazing-lands/.
Along the lines of NRCS funding, we would like to mention that NRCS has informed some of our applicants that Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding will be much harder to get in 2017. This means that if you have any opportunity to renew or start a CSP program, try to do it now. We have had information from several applicants giving us tips such as this and we thank them for taking the moment to send an e-mail or make a phone call. It is this sharing that helps all our applicants keep their finger on the pulse of agriculture and it benefits the entire group.
Energy Improvement Matters
Janet and Bruce Everly