March 2014 Conservation Connection


                                                                                                       March 2014

In This Issue

Main Column:

2014 Farm Bill
NH Water Quality Partnership
National Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference
Featured Photo


African American History Month
Women's History Month
CIG Pre-proposals Due
Calendar of Events

AA History

February was National African American History Month

Presidential Proclamation
Bayard Rustin - mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Womens History

March is Women's History Month

Presidential Proclamation
Don't Call Girls Bossy
NH NRCS Staff Stories
In celebration of Women's History Month, Womens Special Emphasis Program Manager Alena Warren invited NRCS NH staff to share stories about women who influenced their lives.

CIG Pre-proposal Applications Due

NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant State Application Pre-proposals due May 2nd. announcement



Merrimack County Conservation District Annual Tree, Shrub, Bulb & More Fundraiser through March 24th

Pollinator Conservation Short Course sponsored by the Xerces Society and the Cheshire and Hillsborough County Conservation Districts March 25th, 9:00 to 4:00, Jaffrey, NH

Wild and Scenic Film Festival March 28th, 5:30, Red River Theatres, Concord, NH

Saving Special Places April 5th, 8:00 to 3:45, Laconia, NH

Saco River Water Conference April 23rd, 8:30 to 3:45, Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy, ME

NHDES Drinking Water Source Protection Conference April 30th, 8:30 to 4:00, The Grappone Center, Concord, NH 

Monadnock Farm Summit May 19th, 5:30 to 7:30, Heberton Hall, next to the Keene Public Library
60 Winter Street

2014 Farm Bill

Farm Bill

2014 Farm Bill Streamlines, Consolidates Conservation Programs

The Agricultural Act of 2014, or 2014 Farm Bill, was enacted on February 7, 2014. The legislation streamlines and consolidates a number of NRCS conservation programs and expands authorities for others. NRCS offers voluntary Farm Bill conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.

A comparison between conservation programs in the 2008 and 2014 bills is available here. Some programs will be available immediately, while others will require time to be set up. Current Farm Bill contracts remain in effect; new sign-up information will be announced as it becomes available.

NH Water Quality Improvement Partnership


NRCS and Forest Service Will Complete Conservation Projects in Three Watersheds Designed to Improve Water Quality

NRCS and the Forest Service have entered into a multi-year partnership to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private land meet across the nation through conservation practices and easements.  

Water Quality for Foresters and Farmers
Press Release 

National Cover Crop Meeting


The National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, was held Feb. 17-19, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. As part of this landmark event, an estimated 6,000 people attended Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums that took place Feb. 18 at over 200 NRCS and Extension offices nationwide, including one in Concord, NH. 

See National Cover Crop Forum 
(video and other resources)

Featured Photo

By Wendy Ward, Soil Conservation Technician

Scene of the Crime

Wendy "Sherlock" Ward deduced that these tracks were left by a barred owl hunting a meadow vole. The lack of tracks, other than the bird's, suggest the prey was a meadow vole. Owls hunt by sound and sight and are more likely to capture prey under the snow.