Conservation, Energy & Environment


Agriculture Featured in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Protection and Restoration

May 13, 2010

This week, the Obama Administration unveiled a comprehensive strategy for dealing with nutrient and sediment pollution in Chesapeake Bay watersheds and issued guidance for federal land managers in the region for reducing nutrient and sediment pollution.   In addition, EPA announced a settlement in Fowler v. EPA, a case in which plaintiffs alleged that EPA […]

Help for Farmers in Accessing CSP

May 12, 2010

Thirty more days remain before the June 11th deadline for applications to the 2010 round of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  A number of NSAC member groups have resources to help producers sign up for CSP (with more to follow soon): ATTRA recently posted an updated step-by-step guide to the CSP application process to their […]

USDA Reallocates Funding for Agricultural and Forest Land Protection

May 12, 2010

On Tuesday, May 11, USDA announced the reallocation of over $80 million in FY2010 funding to 37 states for the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP).  Reallocation occurs when some states do not use all of the money originally allocated to them, […]

USDA Announces 2010 CSP Application Deadline

May 10, 2010

USDA announced today that farmers and ranchers have until June 11 to submit applications to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year.  The brief application form can be filed at a local NRCS service center. After submitting the application, farmers will be scheduled for a follow-up meeting with NRCS to complete the CSP […]

GE Crop Roundup for April 2010

May 7, 2010

April was an eventful month for genetically engineered (GE) crops, with release of a National Research Council report and litigation developments, plus a news story on the concern of scientists about Roundup Ready crops, whose use has resulted in the application of massive volumes of glyphosate herbicide to the nation’s farmland. On April 13, Reuter […]

USDA Seeking Public Input on Animal Disease Traceability

May 5, 2010

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the first three of a series of public meetings where stakeholders can offer input on the framework for a new APHIS rule on animal disease traceability. May 11, 2010: Kansas City, MO — Holiday Inn Kansas City SE—Waterpark, 9103 East 39th Street May 13, 2010: […]

NRCS Funding Available for Great Lakes Conservation

April 30, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has provided USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with $34 million to provide additional FY2010 funding to Farm Bill conservation programs in selected watersheds of the eight Great Lake states.  The funding is provided under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,  a collaboration of federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, businesses, […]

USDA Rural Energy Grant and Loan Applications Open

April 29, 2010

USDA’s Rural Development Agency has announced that it is taking applications for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and guaranteed loans.  A total of $87 million is available in FY2010 for projects to develop and/or construct renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Applications for REAP grants and guaranteed loans must be received by […]

NRCS Funding for Farm Energy Audits and Plans

April 29, 2010

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced an initiative to use $2 million in FY2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding to help farmers and ranchers conserve energy and reduce energy costs. Farmers and ranchers may apply for the funding in the following 29 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, […]

Groups Urge Ag Funding Fairness

April 26, 2010

More than 100 national, regional, state and local groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to pay for proposed increases in child nutrition and to settle long standing claims stemming from  systemic discrimination in USDA programs without cutting critical conservation programs. The letter circulated by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Rural […]

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