January 2018 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 February 16, 2018. Press Release.

The next ranking/batching date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is March 2, 2018.  Press Release

The next ranking/batching date for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is March 2, 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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ORIS

NRCS and ORIS:  Seven Years of Successful Partnership With More to Come . . .

NRCS and ORIS met again recently to discuss further collaboration to provide outreach to historically underserved farmers and support for the expanding location at Story Hill Farm in Dunbarton, NH.  

 

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2018 State of Our Estuaries Conference — Beyond Borders

In December, the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) held a “State of Our Estuaries” conference in Portsmouth, NH to bring partners and the public together to hear about efforts to improve the quality of the estuaries in the NH seacoast region.  Scientists and lay people were afforded the opportunity to listen, learn and share ideas for the betterment of our estuarine environment.  Rick Ellsmore, NRCS NH State Conservationist participates on PREP’s management committee and attended the conference along with NRCS Easement specialists Susan Knight and Brooke Smart.  

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Funding Opportunity for retrofits to no-till for farmers in New Hampshire

Are you a producer considering implementing no-till practices on your farm? Is buying a whole new planter too expensive? The New Hampshire Conservation Districts are offering a cost share program to retrofit your existing planter to no-till! Contact your local conservation district by March 1, 2018 to take advantage of this opportunity!  

 

Farmers will have the opportunity to turn their existing corn or large vegetable planter into a no-till planter and receive technical assistance on the retrofit installation and no-till planting process. Grant funding will pay 75% of the retrofit cost and the farmer will be responsible for 25%. Grant funded soil health assessments will be taken before and after the implementation of the retrofits. Funding is limited and a ranking process may be implemented.  

 

This funding opportunity is provided from a Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant, The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program through the purchase of Conservation License Plates, known as "Moose Plates", and the "You Have Our Trust Fund" of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. These grants also include funding for a 16ft no-till seeder for rent in the Connecticut River Valley, and equipment trailers to make existing conservation district rental equipment easier to transport.  

 

For more information or to learn how to apply, please contact your local conservation district. This opportunity is available statewide. For a full list of County Conservation District contact information, visit www.nhacd.net. For Rockingham County: Vicky@rockinghamccd.org. or 603-679-2790 x. 61. Strafford County: Alena@straffordccd.org 603-749-3037. Cheshire County: amanda@cheshireconservation.org or 603.756.2988 x.116  


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Environmental Quality Incentives Program Ranking Dates, December 6, 2017, Morning Ag Clips

Conservation easement finalized for Rochester’s Gauthier Farm, December 1, 2017, Fosters Daily Democrat

MMRG Awarded $100,000 LCHIP Grant
to Conserve Leary Field & Forest in Farmington, December 9, 2017, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways

Farmers and Landowners Urged to Apply for Assistance with Erosion Problems, Dec./Jan., Valley Green Journal

Opportunity for retrofits to no-till for farmers, January 17, 2018, Morning Ag Clips

Apply for Conservation Stewardship Program, January 21, 2018, Morning Ag Clips


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Calendar of Events

December 02, 2017 - April 07, 2018    Danbury Winter Farmers' Market - RUNS THRU APRIL

January 04, 2018 - March 02, 2018    Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Plant Sale

January 12, 2018    Managing Pests on the Farm and NH Pesticide Regulations

January 23, 2018 - March 09, 2018    Grafton County Conservation District Plant Sale

January 23, 2018 - March 16, 2018    Merrimack County Conservation District Annual Spring Tree & Shrub Fundraiser

February 02, 2018 - February 03, 2018    NH Farm & Forest Expo

February 17, 2018    NH Grazing Conference

February 20, 2018    Marketing Your Farm

March 07, 2018    Everything You Need to Know About Growing Blueberries Workshop

March 09, 2018 - March 11, 2018    Annie's Project Retreat: Building Leadership Skills on the Farm

March 14, 2018    Stream Restoration Workshop

March 23, 2018    NH Water & Watershed Conference

April 04, 2018    SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Soil Matters conference

April 20, 2018    Wild & Scenic Film Festival

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018    Annie's Project Retreat: Transitioning to Full Time Farming

April 27, 2018    Planting and Pruning Workshop

June 01, 2018 - August 31, 2018    Farm to School Workshop


Featured Photo

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By Danel Stadig, NRCS Program Assistant