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NRCS meeting seeks input on priorities


October 27, 2009
By Marg Land

October 27, 2009, Davis,
CA – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California
will host a State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting on Nov. 9, 2009,
to discuss 2010 priorities for Farm Bill conservation programs in California.

October 27, 2009, Davis,
CA – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California
will host a State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting on Nov. 9, 2009,
to discuss 2010 priorities for Farm Bill conservation programs in California.

The meeting will be held
at the Stanislaus County Ag Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, in Modesto, beginning
at 10 a.m.

The meeting will begin
with a synopsis of the 2009 distribution of funds and conservation results
covering water conservation and water quality, drought mitigation, nutrient
management on dairies, air quality, rangeland management, and more.

Specifically NRCS will ask
for input on:

  • Special initiatives that
    may or may not be continued and at what level
  • New opportunities for air
    quality programs in forestry
  • Ways to refine the
    application ranking process
  • Possible topics of focus
    for wildlife habitat programs

NRCS-administered Farm
Bill Programs include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), the Conservation Stewardship
Program (CSP)
, and easement programs such as the Wetlands Reserve Program
(WRP)
, the Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP), and the Farmland Protection
Program (FPP).

For more information on
conservation planning, Farm Bill conservation programs and more see the
agency’s web site at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.


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