USDA Assistance Available for Repairing Conservation Practices on Maryland Farms
ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 8, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing technical and financial assistance to help farmers in Maryland repair failed conservation practices following recent severe storms and flash flooding. Producers in disaster declared counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester must sign up for assistance by August 25, 2018. The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to address water quality concerns due to failure of ag waste systems, stream crossings, and other in-field conservation practices. NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round in a continuous signup. But landowners must submit their applications by August 25 to be considered for this disaster repair funding. Farmers should visit with their local USDA service center to apply. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202-720-6382 (TDD).
WIP III Strategy Meeting
Maryland Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Coming SoonMaryland Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) strategies are being developed this year. Goals have been set by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to reduce nutrients and sediment from entering the Chesapeake Bay. The reduction in nutrients and sediment will be achieved through the installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). These goals need to be achieved by the year 2025. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting workshops throughout the state to develop the WIP III strategies. Local Soil Conservation Districts play a large role in achieving these goals within the agricultural community. Anne Arundel will have it’s WIP III workshop on August 30th from 1:30 to 3:30 in conference room 114 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Headquarters located at 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis Maryland 21401. All interested landowners and organizations are encouraged to attend.
Hugh Hammond Bennett: Father of Soil Conservation
Our Board of Supervisor meetings include a training session. In May, the Supervisors took some time to learn about Hugh Hammond Bennett, who is credited as the founder of the U.S. Soil Conservation Districts. This video explores Mr. Bennett's life and impact on natural resource conservation as well as the story of how USDA NRCS came to be.