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NRCS California Offers Drought Assistance; Identifies High Priority Areas

In the middle of California’s drought, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is meeting with landowners, Tribal representatives, and agencies to assess resource concerns and offer assistance to farmers and ranchers, as well as, forest and Tribal land managers. Programs through NRCS include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the newest pilot program, EQIP-Conservation […]

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Conservation on California’s Farms, Ranches Amid Challenging Year

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 21, 2020 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued its conservation work across California despite a tough 2020 marked with a pandemic and natural disasters. The agency helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners implement conservation practices on their working lands, which help conserve natural resources such as soil, water, and […]

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NRCS Offers California Producers Assistance to Improve Air Quality

DAVIS, Calif., February 24, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in California make improvements in their operations that can lead to improved air quality. Assistance is being made available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI). The […]

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Assistance Available for California Producers to Aid Declining Monarch Butterfly

DAVIS, Calif., February 1, 2019 – California agricultural producers can voluntarily help the monarch butterfly on their farms and ranches through a variety of conservation practices offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This assistance comes at a critical time as recent reports show the western population of the monarch butterfly is at an […]

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USDA Invests in $650,000 in Local Watershed Project to Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 4, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $650,000 in a new California project that aims to develop a watershed work plan in the Lower Deer Creek Watershed in Tulare County. The NRCS approved plan will evaluate surface and groundwater resources and develop alternatives for any identified resource concerns. […]

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NRCS Partners in California Receive $1.3 Million for Conservation Innovations

DAVIS, Calif., August 3, 2018 – Two California organizations, and one national organization, have been selected to receive a combined $1.3 million through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) nationally-awarded Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). All three projects support soil health innovations. “These grants will help spur creativity and problem-solving on California’s farms and ranches,” […]

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Tiny Mariposa Conservation Office Gets Award for Extraordinary Work in Tree Mortality Crisis and Wildfires

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2017 – The Mariposa office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Mariposa Resource Conservation District (MRCD) outcompeted dozens of projects from larger offices across California and will receive the Outstanding Conservation Planning Team Award for 2017. The NRCS/MRCD team is being recognized for helping more than 270 […]

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NRCS Fire-Recovery Programs Continue in California

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is continuing to offer assistance to landowners affected by recent catastrophic wildfires.  The assistance, provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) covers erosion control and water quality practices on eligible cropland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forestland. Typical practices include mulching, […]

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USDA Offers Opportunities to Help California Producers Rebuild and Recover; Assessments Underway

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 20, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is targeting $4 million to help farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in California recover from the recent wildfires. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to enable recovery work to […]

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Farmers & Conservation Experts Celebrate Five Years of Helping Tricolored Blackbirds

DAVIS, Calif., August 11, 2017 – In 2017 farmers with rare Tricolored Blackbirds nesting in their fields have again aided the birds’ survival.  By delaying silage harvest, the farmers allowed the birds sufficient time to fledge their young. Working with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Audubon California, Western United Dairymen, Dairy Cares, California […]

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NRCS California Offers Post-Flood Assistance; Assessments Underway

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017 – In the wake of recent California flooding, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is meeting with landowners and other agencies to assess damages and offer technical and financial assistance where possible. Assistance programs through NRCS include the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) and the Environmental Quality […]

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USDA Easement Investments Benefit California Agriculture and Resources

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 19, 2017 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California successfully finalized 18 new easements in 2016 protecting a total of 10,758 acres of farmland, ranchland, and wetland throughout the state. These voluntary easements were funded with a combination of partner investments and NRCS easement programs dollars. “NRCS conservation easements provide […]

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California Forests, Air, Wildlife and More Benefit from $88 Million EQIP Investment

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 20, 2016 – California’s agricultural landscape received a healthy boost of conservation in fiscal year 2016. Over 1,900 farmers and ranchers teamed with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partners to voluntarily invest time and money in protecting soil, water, air, plants and wildlife habitat. Conservation planning and funding was provided […]

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NRCS Selects New District Conservationist in Yuba City

YUBA CITY, Calif., Oct. 11, 2016 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office has selected RaeAnn Dubay as the district conservationist for the Yuba City field office. The Yuba City office provides technical assistance and conservation-related Farm Bill funding to farmers and ranchers in Sutter and Yuba counties. Dubay has worked […]

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NRCS and Ducks Unlimited extend deadline for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

RED BLUFF, Calif., September 19, 2016 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for California landowners in 10 Central Valley counties to apply for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in partnership with USA Rice Federation. Other local partners include the California Rice […]