May 2014 Conservation Connection

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                                                                                                             May 2014

May Happenings


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Presidential Proclamation

Asian Vegetable Cards


Military

Presidential Proclamation


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Find out more about Wetland Reserve Easements


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USDA Press Release on the Importance of Pollinators

USDA Live Bee Cam


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Memorial Day History


Civil Rights


Civil Rights coin

Commemorative coin honors the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Health and Wellness


Bike Month

Events

Calendar


Branch River Paddle, Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, Saturday, May 24, 10 am - 2 pm, Milton Mills, NH

Modern Photointerpretation for Wetland Identification & Classification Workshop May 30, 2014, 8am - 4pm, Plymouth State University 

Applications for Agricultural Conservation Easements are Due June 6th

Healthy Soil Workshop by the Grafton County Conservation District, June 7th, 10am - 2pm, North Haverhill

Becoming an Outdoor Sports Woman, NH Fish and Game Department, June 7th, 8:00 to 4:30, Holderness, NH

The Northeast Cooperative Soil Survey Conference, June 23-26, Plymouth, NH

Evaluating Wetland Conditions, NH Natural Heritage Bureau, July 22, 8:30 to 4:30 (indoor training), July 24, 8:30 to 4:30 (indoor and field training), Concord, NH

Earth Team Volunteers Plant a Riparian Buffer at the Picadilly Farm

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Student Earth Team volunteers from Northfield Mount Hermon High School

A riparian buffer was planted at the Picadilly Farm in Winchester, New Hampshire to reduce sediment loss and to keep pollutants from reaching a nearby tributary to the Connecticut River.  Over twenty Earth Team volunteers, including high school students from Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Massachusetts, two teachers, and two of Picadilly Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members helped plant the buffer.   More

Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program are Due June 6th

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The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.  More

NRCS Publications and Posters Are Free to the Public

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NRCS offers hundreds of pubilcations and posters FREE to the public and they are easy to order, like the 2014 Pollinator Poster. 
http://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/
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USDA Announces Summer Food Service Program

The USDA Summer Food Service Program strives to feed low-income children who no longer have access to school meals during summer vacation. The goal of the program is to provide accessible, fresh, well-balanced meals that are appetizing to children. But help is needed to make sure all of New Hampshire’s children are fed this summer so the USDA is looking for people or organizations who would like to run a summer meal site under an existing sponsor.  More

The Results of the 2012 Agricultural Census Have Been Published

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  • 22% of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012 with 1 out of every 5 farmers operating a farm for less than 10 years.
  • 30% of all farm operators in the U.S are women.
  • The number of farms run by Latino farmers increased 21%.
  • 70% of all farms in the U.S. had internet access in 2012, up from 56.5% in 2007, but there is more work to be done to expand internet access in rural America.
  • Nearly 150,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide are selling their products directly to consumers, and 50,000 are selling to local retailers. Industry estimates valued local food sales at $7 billion in 2011, reflecting the growing importance of this new market to farm and ranch businesses.
  • Total organic product sales by farms have increased by 82% since 2007, and is a $35 billion industry in the U.S.

See Secretary Vilsack's message    

Featured Photo

By Kitty Cornwell, Old Orchard Farm (sent to Matt Larkin and Keri Neal, NRCS Soil Conservationists)

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After planting 300 bushes from the NH Nursery, Gray Cornwell found evidence of wildlife taking advantage of the conservation work he and his wife Kitty have done with NRCS help.  Tree swallows and blue birds are using nesting boxes, deer are browsing, and bunnies are evident.  This is a photo of a woodcock nest.