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Beth Holtzman <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
Date:
Thu, 23 Aug 2007 16:01:02 -0400
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>The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers 
>conservation programs for 2008, that promote agricultural production 
>and environmental quality as compatible national goals to all 
>farmers, regardless of size or type of operation.
>
>Beginning in 2008, in addition to funding livestock-based farms, 
>NRCS will target three groups: non-livestock farms, forestry 
>operations, and all types of farms owned or operated by limited 
>resource producers.
>
>Specific funds are available to address resource concerns for farms 
>that raise vegetables, fruit, nursery stock and other types of 
>crops. Payments will vary for the cost of installing conservation 
>practices such as improved irrigation systems, compost facilities, 
>erosion control measures, and cover crops that enhance soil quality.
>
>Eligibility is limited to agricultural producers that produce at 
>least $1,000 of agricultural products per year.  Producers must have 
>control of the land for the lifespan of the contract, which is 
>usually 3-5 years in duration.  Eligibility is limited to applicants 
>that are in compliance with the Highly Erodible Land/Wetland 
>Conservation and Adjusted Gross Income provisions of the Farm Bill.
>
>

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Beth Holtzman
Women's Agricultural Network

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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