2014 Farm Bill
NH Water Quality Partnership
National Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference
African American History Month
Women's History Month
CIG Pre-proposals Due
Calendar of Events
February was National African American History Month
Bayard Rustin - mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.
March is Women's History Month
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.
NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant State Application Pre-proposals due May 2nd.
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 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.
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
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)
By Wendy Ward, Soil Conservation Technician
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.