Press Release

USDA offers help to maple syrup producers

STATEWIDE, Maine — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service can assist maple syrup producers with addressing energy conservation. This assistance is through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a voluntary program that offers financial and technical assistance to producers.

Assistance is available to producers in two ways:

• It enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy through an Agricultural Energy Management Plan conservation activity plan, also known as an on-farm energy audit.

• Provides financial and technical assistance to implement some of the conservation practices recommended in the energy audit.

Approximately $250,000 will be available to maple syrup and agricultural producers in Maine in fiscal year 2013 through the energy conservation initiative. The application deadline for fiscal year 2013 funding is Dec. 21, 2012.

In an effort to make maple syrup producers knowledgeable as to what assistance is available from NRCS, three meetings have been scheduled for producers:

• Dec. 4, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.

• Dec. 5, USDA Service Center, 1423 Broadway, Bangor.

• Dec. 6, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris.

All sessions will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

RSVP to Elaine Tremble, NRCS public affairs specialist, at 207-990-9569 or email by Friday, Nov. 30.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in one of these meetings should contact Elaine Tremble by Tuesday, Nov. 27.