A Technical Service Provider is a professional who helps agricultural producers access opportunities available through the NRCS. As the USDA puts it in their article, “A TSP helps plan, design and implement conservation practices or develop conservation activity plans that can help improve their agricultural operations”. Our General manager, Bruce Everly, is a certified TSP in … Continue reading Technical Service Provider (TSP)
Make a Difference: Volunteer on an NRCS Committee The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to incentivize farms towards improving their energy efficiency. Due to the success of a recent energy efficiency program in several states, NRCS offices in other states will adopt the new program for energy efficiency improvements, which will benefit grain producers … Continue reading Improvements in EQIP Program will benefit Grain Producers
Think "Cover Crops." Cover Crops are planted primarily for the benefit of the soil rather than the crop yield. Cover crops help manage soil erosion; increase soil fertility; reduce weeds, pests, diseases; and add biodiversity for wildlife. Cover crops also add organic matter to the soil and improve soil moisture use efficiency. Furthermore, they minimize soil … Continue reading Want to get paid to improve the quality of your soil?
As mentioned on the USDA website: “NRCS can help farmers and ranchers with a number of conservation practices that build healthy soil. Diverse crop rotations, cover crops, nutrient management and conservation tillage are examples of practices that feed the soil, reduce erosion, improve soil structure, and enhance nutrient cycling and water retention.” All that means … Continue reading Healthy Soil is the Foundation of Organic Farming
You may have heard EIM discuss and recommend “on-farm energy audits”. This can help assess where you could save money by paying less on your utility bills. If you ask the NRCS office, they currently have a program to pay for these audits (known as an Agricultural Energy Management Plan 128). When you receive the … Continue reading The Real Value of an On-farm Energy Audit