December 2017 NH Conservation Connection

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Application deadline

NRCS Program Deadlines:

The next ranking/batching date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is January 19, 2018. Press Release.

Applications for all programs are  accepted on a continuous basis and will be evaluated and ranked in the next fiscal year.    

Need Help Applying for NRCS Programs?

Contact your local USDA Service Center

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easement partner meeting

American Farmland Trust and Land for Good Co-Sponsor Easement Forum

Land trusts and Farm Credit East, along with State and Federal agencies from all six New England states, joined together to gather information and discuss land protection programs and issues.  

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Richard Mellor

Richard Mellor Elected President of the NH Association of Conservation Districts

At the NHACD annual meeting in November, Richard Mellor was elected President, succeeding Linda Brownson.  Richard has lived in Rindge since 1972 on 27 acres of woodland with a 6 acre pond. He has a BS in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University with a few Environmental Studies classes . . .

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NRCS, NH Fish and Game, and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center Teach How to Improve Water Quality and Native Brook Trout in NH Streams

Tin Mountain Conservation Center hosted wood-in-stream workshops that explored the ecological value and practice of adding large pieces of wood in NH’s first order streams, with the goal of increasing the Eastern Brook Trout population, growing their size, and improving water quality.  

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New Organic Videos From NRCS


NRCS Soil Health Webinar Series

December 4, 2017:  Nutrient Management and Precision Application Technology

December 12, 2017:   Life Underground: Partnering with Soil Microbial Communities on the Farm

December 13, 2017:  An Introduction to the Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures Reference Guides



Soil Science Annual Data Refreshed

The entire official soil survey database was refreshed October 31, 2017. The updated official data is now available for use in implementing national programs affecting landowners and managers. Interpretation criteria will be posted as updates are completed for many national interpretations.

Individuals interested in knowing when surveys in a particular state are updated should visit the Web Soil Survey, click on the “Download Soils Data” tab, then choose the State they are interested in. WSS will display a list of all soil survey areas. 


Hugh Hammond Bennett Documentary 

NRCS is proud to release a new documentary on Hugh Hammond Bennett and the history of NRCS. It looks at the origins of soil conservation in the U.S., from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to the establishment of a permanent agency to help the Nation recover. It is an inspiring reminder of why private lands conservation is so important, now and into the future. 


Wetland Reserve Easement Now Protecting 120 Acres in Jackson, Conway Daily Sun Nov. 30, 2017

2017 Cooperator of the Year, Morning Ag. Clips Oct. 26, 2017

NRCS Project Update, Chocorua Lake Conservancy Newsletter Fall-Winter 2017

Project Facebook page -- Partnering with NRCS on pollinators

When Not Mowing Creates a Basket of Gold -- Historic New England Website


December 13th is the Next State Technical Committee Meeting 

This committee is an advisory group to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies of the USDA. Members serve to provide feedback on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation.  

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Calendar of Events

December 07, 2017    NHANRS Winter Quarterly Meeting

December 08, 2017    State of Our Estuaries Conference

December 12, 2017 - December 14, 2017    New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 13, 2017    NH State Technical Committee Meeting

December 15, 2017    Winter Botany Workshop

Civil Rights

Meet the 11-year old who won a $25,000 science prize

Gitanjali Rao, a seventh grader from Colorado, has been awarded the title of "America's top young scientist" for designing a compact device to detect lead in drinking water, which she believes can be faster and cheaper than other current methods.

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Secretary Perdue Announces New Veterans Website


The new veterans website provides as a one-stop navigator to information and resources available to veterans.


Also, an AgLearn training module helps inform and educate employees about how USDA supports veterans with its wide-range of programs. 

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By Catherine Magee, Soil Conservationist