Saturday, April 16, 2016

NRCS Offers Grants to Promote Farm Bill Conservation Activities

 The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering grants for promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities.

State Conservationist J.R. Flores said $200,000 is available in Missouri this year for partners who can help make farmers, ranchers and specialty crop growers aware of NRCS programs. Areas of emphasis for the grants include: reaching historically underserved agricultural producers; workshops, field days and other educational efforts related to soil health; promoting effective management of private grazing lands; promoting cover crops and cropping rotations that reduce soil erosion and improve soil health; and informing producers about organic production and certification, as well as the production of specialty crops.

“NRCS is looking for partners who will use these grant funds to educate Missouri’s farm community, conservation organizations, other natural resource agencies, private landowners and other citizens about opportunities made possible by the Farm Bill,” Flores said.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on May 13. The full announcement and application instructions are available at For more information about the grant announcement and the application process, contact Jessica Phillips at

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