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Money available to promote NRCS programs

Farmers can earn money for telling others about their NRCS programs.

December 30, 2016

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BOOSTING NRCS AWARENESS: The NRCS would like farmers to share their experiences from projects like this pond on a central Missouri farm that was managed for wildlife with others. And the agency is willing to pay. Money is now available for farmers and ranchers to educate others on their NRCS projects.Photo courtesy Charlie Rahm, NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering grants for promoting public awareness and implementation of farm-bill conservation activities.

J.R. Flores, state conservationist, says $200,000 is available in Missouri 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; informing producers about organic production and certification, including the production of specialty crops; and farm-to-market tactics and methods.

"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 says.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Feb. 13. For more information about the grant announcement and the application process, contact Jessica Phillips at [email protected]  or 573-876-0912.

Source: USDA

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