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June 9, 2013

Farm briefs: June 9, 2013

Applications are due for Conservation Stewardship

MALONE — The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will provide about $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres enrollment this year.

Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners interested in CSP should submit applications by June 14 to their local NRCS office to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding.

“CSP is different than our other financial-assistance programs,” said NRCS State Conservationist Don Pettit. “It offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. It’s about conservation activities on the entire operation, focusing on multiple resource concerns.”

Because of the extreme weather in 2012, more interest and participation in the cover crop enhancements is expected this year, according to NRCS experts. Other CSP enhancements available help to improve soil quality, water quality, plant health and/or animal habitat.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

Information regarding NRCS New York conservation programs can be found at www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/. Anyone interested in applying may visit www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/general_information/how_to_apply.html. Applicants may also apply by visiting their local NRCS field office, which can be located using the web site http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.

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Mixer for farmers to be held at Grange Hall

KEESEVILLE — The Greenhorns organization will be holding a Grange Summer Solstice Revival at the Keeseville Grange Hall on the shore of the Ausable River in downtown Keeseville Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

Participants may join them for an afternoon hay-wagon multi-farm tour plus an evening with history, poetry, music, dancing and local food to celebrate the height of the summer season. Local farmers will be running at a gallop to get in all the crops and keep them weeded, so their efforts will be toasted at a celebration feast of the longest day of the year.

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