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Program Helps Landowners Pay For Habitat Projects


Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Landowners nationwide have the opportunity to recoup costs of habitat improvement on their land through a recently extended federal program. The sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended through June 25, 2010.

The program, which is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. The voluntary program offers payments to landowners who exercise quality land stewardship and want to improve the effectiveness of their conservation efforts.

"This is a tremendous win-win opportunity for landowners and wildlife," said James Earl Kennamer, chief conservation officer of the National Wild Turkey Federation. "By signing up for this program, landowners will be able to make critical habitat improvements, and can then be reimbursed for expenses. Improved habitat for wildlife is very important to many of our members and the CSP program is a valuable resource."

Reimbursable expenses may include land management plans completed by NWTF biologists, and seed and seedlings purchased through the NWTF.

CSP pays participants based on conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Landowners get credit both for conservation measures they have already implemented and for new measures they agree to add.

CSP is available to all landowners, regardless of operation size, crops produced or geographic location. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, non-industrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a Native American tribe.

Potential applicants are encouraged to use the CSP self-screening checklist to determine whether CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist, which highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations and payments, and additional information about CSP, may be obtained from the CSP website at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html.

To apply, call or visit a local USDA Service Center, listed online at offices.usda.gov, or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department. For information on seed, seedlings or for habitat plans, landowners can contact their local NWTF biologist or call 1-800-THE-NWTF.

About the NWTF: The National Wild Turkey Federation is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and pr .....
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Fillmore County Day Camp 2010

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

READY, SET, JUMP! into day camp this summer with Fillmore County 4-H. We will be doing some high energy activities like GPS competitions, outdoor sports, health and growing your own food. The camps will be at the following locations:

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"Wheat Day" Walk-n-Talk on June 23rd

Tue, Jun 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Kilkenny, Minn. (06/08/2010) - University of Minnesota Extension, Rural Advantage, and Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group invite all interested parties to attend a field day focused on wheat and other small grains. Wheat Day will be held June 23, ..... 
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Foremost Farms celebrates 100 years in Preston

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Foremost Farms USA claims on their website to "provide dairy producers a financially strong business that efficiently assembles, processes and markets milk and related dairy products, providing superior value to our customers." While this is a stron ..... 
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A tale of two (or three) princesses: Fillmore County Dairy Princesses

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It was the best of businesses, it was the worst of businesses, some might say, but for the young women representing the dairy industry in the role of Dairy Princess, it's a business that is near and dear to their hearts. To run for a position as dai ..... 
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4-H Dairy Project Bowl

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

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4-H Dairy Project Bowl

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

If you can answer any of these questions, ..... 
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The Wingert family

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

For the Wingert family in Harmony, farming is a part of their history, and has been a part of their entire lives. They are now sharing this life with their children, and passing the love of farming on to them.

Jim and Randi Wingert both grew ..... 
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Dairy Statistics

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

America's dairy industry is more than milk. It's jobs and economic activity for the people of our country. It's also a way of life for more than 60,000 farm families.

William Hoard, founder of Hoard's Dairyman magazine and former Wisconsin ..... 
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