Articles by Elaine Tremble

 

University of Maine Receives USDA Grant for Pollinator Habitat Project

By Elaine Tremble on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist, Cathee Pullman, has announced that the University of Maine will receive $34,854 to carry out a pollinator habitat project. These funds will be awarded through a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), a component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. This is …

USDA Provides Grants to Three Maine Recipients

By Elaine Tremble on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist, Cathee Pullman, has announced the award of approximately $184,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funds to three Maine recipients. A component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, CIG is a statewide competitive grants process to address some of the state’s …

Local Organization Receives USDA Funding for Soil Health Project

By Elaine Tremble on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist, Cathee Pullman, has announced that the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will receive $74,000 to carry out a soil health project. These funds will be awarded through a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), a component of the Environmental …
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A New Beginning for the Meduxnekeag

By Elaine Tremble on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Like many large rivers in Maine, the South Branch of the Meduxnekeag River in Houlton was cleared, widened and blasted for log drives and ferry barges in the 1800’s. What worked well for man, however, did not suit the abundant fish population. Rivers cleared of woody debris and rocks become …

Deadline Approaching to Apply for USDA Conservation Programs

By Elaine Tremble on Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:39 a.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) would like to remind agricultural and forest producers that the sign-up deadline for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program is approaching. The Fiscal Year 2015 application deadline for both of these programs is August 15, 2014. …

Conservation Stewardship Program participants can renew for five more years

By Elaine Tremble on July 02, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine — Producers with expiring U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Stewardship (CSP) contracts have from July 11 until September 12, 2014 to submit an application to renew their expiring CSP contracts. CSP is offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is the Farm Bill program that helps …

USDA, Partners Usher in a New Era in Conservation

By Elaine Tremble on June 04, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
New conservation initiative goes beyond traditional government efforts Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of what he calls “a new era in American conservation efforts” with an historic focus on public-private partnership. “This is an entirely new approach to conservation,” Vilsack said. “We’re giving private companies, local communities …

NRCS announces application deadline for Conservation Programs

By Elaine Tremble on May 15, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the application deadline dates for two of its conservation programs—the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program. The Fiscal Year 2015 application deadline for both of these programs is August 15, 2014. Agricultural producers and foresters are encouraged …

NRCS Starts Signup for Agricultural Land Conservation Easements

By Elaine Tremble on May 13, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
To help protect working agricultural lands in Maine from being developed, Juan Hernandez, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maine, has announced that they are accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2014 funding through the agency’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Agricultural Land Easements (ACEP-ALE). The deadline for …

NRCS funding available to restore Maine wetlands

By Elaine Tremble on March 31, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine has funding available to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easements, announced NRCS State Conservationist Juan Hernandez. Applications are accepted year round. However, applications received by close of business on May 2, 2014 will be considered …

Maine NRCS accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

By Elaine Tremble on Feb. 24, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
Juan Hernandez, State Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has announced that up to $250,000 is available in grants for new technology or approaches through Conservation Innovation Grants. NRCS is seeking grant applications from Maine farmers; landowners; State, tribal, and local government entities; and non-governmental organizations to help …

Maine NRCS accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

By Elaine Tremble on Feb. 24, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
Juan Hernandez, State Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has announced that up to $250,000 is available in grants for new technology or approaches through Conservation Innovation Grants. NRCS is seeking grant applications from Maine farmers; landowners; State, tribal, and local government entities; and non-governmental organizations to help …

USDA Extends Deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program

By Elaine Tremble on Jan. 16, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the Fiscal Year 2014 application deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program to Feb. 7. CSP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards with taking their level of natural resource management to the next level …

Workshops for new farmers to be held at Agricultural Trade Show

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 27, 2013, at 3:39 p.m.
Are you a new farmer? Do you need help navigating the various programs and services available to help you succeed in your new farming enterprise? The Beginning Farmer Resource Network, a coalition of farm service providers supporting the whole farm community including agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry…will be conducting workshops on …

USDA to provide federal funds to protect Maine’s working farms

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 27, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
To help protect working agricultural lands in Maine, Juan Hernandez, State Conservationsit for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service  in Maine, has announced that $1 million will be available to successful applicants in Fiscal Year 2014 through the agency’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. “The funds will be used …

Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 27, 2013, at 3:36 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the application deadline for the 2014 Conservation Stewardship Program is Jan. 17, 2014. Applications for CSP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by no later than Jan. 17 …

USDA accepting applications for irrigation assistance

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 27, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine has announced that the Fiscal Year 2014 application deadline for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program is Jan. 17, 2014. This program provides funds for irrigation assistance to private landowners in Maine. AMA, administered by NRCS, is available in 16 states where participation …

USDA to Provide Federal Funds to Protect Maine’s Working Farms

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 16, 2013, at 4:48 p.m.
To help protect working agricultural lands in Maine, Juan Hernandez, State Conservationsit for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine, has announced that $1 million will be available to successful applicants in Fiscal Year 2014 through the agency’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. “The funds will be used …

Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 10, 2013, at 3:46 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the application deadline for the 2014 Conservation Stewardship Program is Jan. 17, 2014. Applications for CSP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by no later than January 17 …

USDA accepting applications for irrigation assistance

By Elaine Tremble on Dec. 10, 2013, at 3:40 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine has announced that the Fiscal Year 2014 application deadline for the Agricultural Management Assistance  Program is Jan. 17, 2014. This program provides funds for irrigation assistance to private landowners in Maine. AMA, administered by NRCS, is available in 16 states where participation …
 
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