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Latest Ag News:

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR FLOODPLAIN EASEMENT ASSISTANCE
Friday, March 27, 2009 9:28 AM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agricultureis extending the sign-up period – until April 10 – for floodplain easement assistance, a component of the department’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. Up to $145 million has been made available to eligible landowners nationwide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and includes both technical and financial assistance. This funding will restore frequently flooded land to its natural state; create jobs in rural communities nationwide when landowners establish these floodplain easements; as well as restore and protect an estimated 60,000 acres of flood-prone lands nationwide.

USDA-NRCS RE-OPENS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AGRICULTURAL WATER
Friday, March 27, 2009 8:52 AM

(USDA-NRCS) has re-opened its Request for Proposals for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), established in the new farm bill to promote ground and surface water conservation and water quality improvement, said Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist for USDA-NRCS in Kansas.

Farm Bill Provisions Ease Organic Transition Process
Thursday, March 19, 2009 3:58 PM

Kansas farmers who are transitioning to organic agriculture or who are currently certified organic can receive special assistance for meeting their conservation goals under new provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill.

NRCS Extends Application Period for Conservation Innovation Grants to March 20th
Monday, March 09, 2009 1:08 PM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the application period for 2009 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding has been extended to March 20. The previous deadline to submit applications was March 2.

Small farms changing face of agriculture
Monday, March 02, 2009 9:23 AM

PRINCETON — The biggest trend in farming is small.