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NEWFARMERNET  May 2005

NEWFARMERNET May 2005

Subject:

EQIP National Session

From:

Allen Matthews <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 3 May 2005 13:27:48 -0400

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>NRCS announced yesterday that on Thursday May 5 from 1-3 pm Eastern time
>NRCS will broadcast the EQIP National Listening Session on revising EQIP
>national priorities over the web and will also have call-in lines if you
>wish to make an oral presentation.  The due date for written comments is
>June 5, 2005   Conservations with the State Technical Committee members
>recommend that the following resource concerns listed be added to the EQIP
>National Prioriities list:
>
>Summary short list of SAC recommended EQIP National Priorities:
>1. Sustainable managed grazing and pasture-based livestock and poulty
>systems:
>2. Water conservation with an emphasis on the EQIP National Priority focus
>on improving stream flow & water quality.
>3. Priority for farmers and ranchers making the transition to organic
>production, with the resource defined as agricultural land managed to meet
>certification standards.
>4. Habitat for native pollinators  this recommendation has the advantage
>of also being linked to increased production for agricultural plants that
>require pollinators, can also be linked to preservation or restoration of
>native plant habitat which native pollinators and other wildlife can use.
>5. discussions of an EQIP priority for renewable fuels recommends that we
>consider working on the language of a renewable fuels proposal that could
>avoid directing more EQIP funding to CAFO methane digesters or simple
>corn-corn; corn-soybean rotations for ethanol and biodiesel, and really
>encourage alternatives.

>(forwarded as revision from Martha Noble---Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)
>************************************************************
>Here is the information from NRCS on the National Listening Session:
>Environmental Quality Incentives Program National Listening Session
>Coordinates
>Updated 05/02/2005
>The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) National Listening
>Session is scheduled for May 5, 2005 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern
>Time.  You may view the session via satellite, personal computer and you
>may provide comments by calling.  The coordinates for the following are
>listed below:
>
>Satellite Coordinate:
>Satellite: C-Bank IA 5 (Formerly Telstar 5)
>Channel: 5
>Downlink Frequency: 3800 MHZ
>Polarity: Vertical
>Trouble Number: 202-720-8559 (Day of Telecast Only)
>
>
>Dial-In (30 lines available)
>Bridge Number: 202-554-1742
>Passcode: 5030#
>Trouble Number: 202-720-8560
>
>View the Listening Session On-Line
>
>The item requires Window Media Player:
>http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowmedia/download/
>
>Personal Computer (500 web viewers available)
>The telecast will be streamed in Windows Media Player format.  Individuals
>wishing to view the telecast via the web should download the latest
>Windows Media Player.  The official link for the telecast will be
>available the day before the listening session.  Check the NRCS website at
>www.nrcs.usda.gov - the link should be posted on the website later today
>(Tuesday May 3).
>
>You may submit written comments by June 5, 2005 to David Webster, 1400
>Independence Avenue, SW, Room 5231, Washington, DC 20250 or via email at
>[log in to unmask]
>******************************************************************************************************
>
>Please let me know if you plan to participate in the listening session -
>we may be able to coordinate oral presentations to cover all the bases.
>
>
>Martha Noble
>Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
>110 Maryland Ave., NE
>Box 76
>Washington, D.C. 20002
>PH:  202-547-5754
>FAX: 202-547-1837
>e-mail: [log in to unmask]
>website: www.msawg.org

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