Apply Now for Conservation Program Assistance

11/3/2012

Tolland, Ct. - Are you a landowner interested in helping reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss on your cropland? Are you a farmer who needs to manage manure and nutrients associated with livestock production? Maybe you want to improve grazing systems. Are you a forestland owner who wants to better manage woodlands or improve wildlife habitat? If so, you may be eligible for funding assistance.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2013 to help implement conservation practices that improve natural resources on farms, forestland and wetland areas throughout Connecticut. Individual practices that have been popular include waste storage facilities, no-till, cover crops, buffers, prescribed and rotational grazing, nutrient management, and forest stand improvement. Some special initiatives expected to be available again include habitat improvement for the eastern bog turtle and the New England cottontail, farm energy audits, seasonal high tunnels, and installation of conservation practices to benefit organic farming operations or those transitioning to organic.

Deadline to submit applications for the first ranking period is Friday, November 16, 2012. Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered if funds are available.

For more information, visit www.ct.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or contact your nearest USDA Field Office.
  • Danielson: 860-779-0557
  • Hamden: 203-287-8038
  • Norwich: 860-887-3604
  • Torrington: 860-626-8258
  • Windsor: 86- 688-7725