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USDA invests in Wildfire Mitigation and Water Quality

NRCS Public Affairs Florida Desk ‪352.338.9565‬ Cell ‪352.514.8292‬ USDA Invests in Wildfire Mitigation and Water Quality Joint Chiefs ’ Partnership Supports Ocala National Forest GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 16, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems […]

2018 Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced

Application Deadline is Feb. 16, 2018   GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 13, 2017 – Applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are being accepted until Feb. 16. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). […]

Fox Squirrels – Denizens of the Longleaf Forest

By Arlo Kane, regional coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Landowner Assistance Program GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 11, 2017 — Recently, I was touring a friend’s property in the Florida sandhills through beautiful older longleaf pines, with an open understory that is regularly burned.  As we came around the corner, two fox squirrels bounded towards […]

Highlands County Ag Safety Day

The Highlands County Ag Safety Day will help producers meet regulatory requirements by providing annual safety training for their employees. English and Spanish sessions will be provided for some portions of the program. Certificates and documentation will be provided for each participant to the company they work for. Printable Flyer Here:Highlands County Ag Safety Day

Irma Storm Damage? Federal Program Provides Help

Renee Bodine, NRCS Public Affairs Florida Irma Storm Damage? Federal Program Provides Help GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 28, 2017 — If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and […]

USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting

USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting in Wauchula, Fla. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) and the Hardee Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) working group will discuss resource conservation concerns Aug. 30, 1 p.m. with local farmers and ranchers in Hardee and DeSoto counties. Location: Extension Service Building 507 Civic Center Drive, Wauchula, Fla. 33873. […]

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop Sept. 28, 9 am-3 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, Crestview, FL. Learn to identify and control invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern and exotic insects that are causing land management problems. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register […]

USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting

USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting in Bartow, Fla. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District working group will discuss resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs Sept.12, 10-11 a.m. with local farmers, ranchers and forestland owners. Location: Polk County Cooperative Extension Service Office-Brenneman Auditorium, 1702 Hwy 17 South (Spessard […]