NEW PROGRAM! CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE SIGNUP IN 2022!

If you missed the last signup deadline, take a look at his one!  SIGNUP IS NOW for the NEW Climate Smart Agriculture program under the “Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP – CIC)” offered by USDA – NRCS here in Montgomery County.

This program will cover the following practices, DEADLINE IS FEB. 11, 2022!!

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CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY TO DISCUSS THESE OPTIONS FOR YOUR AGRICULTURAL OPERATION OR TO APPLY – 931-368-0252 X 3.

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CONSERVATION SECURITY PGM SIGNUP BY FEB. 4!

USDA – NRCS announces Conservation Security Program (CSP) signup is NOW for Montgomery County agricultural producers who want to enhance their current conservation efforts!  DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 4, 2022. 2021_practices_Holt_N_2

Read the newest press release from NRCS below:

“The Conservation Stewardship Program is a great opportunity for Tennessee producers and foresters to maintain and build on their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation,” said Sheldon Hightower, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist.

CSP offers additional opportunities to expand on existing conservation efforts by offering conservation practices, enhancements, bundles, and other conservation activities.

Producers who decide to enroll in CSP will have a consultation with their local NRCS conservation planner to evaluate their current management system and the natural resources on their land. The NRCS conservation planner will then present a variety of CSP conservation activities for the producer to consider implementing in order to address additional natural resource concerns.

While applications are accepted on a continuous basis, applications must be submitted by February 4, 2022 to be considered for fiscal year 2022 funding.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for:

  • actively maintaining the existing level of conservation based on the land uses included in the contract and NRCS assessment of existing stewardship at the time of enrollment, and
  • implementing additional conservation activities.”

CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR MORE DETAILS OR VISIT THE USDA – NRCS SITE for more CSP info!

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2022 TN-KY TOBACCO EXPO

TN-KY TOBACCO EXPO – Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Robertson County Fairgrounds, 4635 Hwy 41 North, Springfield, TN  37172

  • 7:30 am – Red Brick Building
    • Registration and Trade Show Opens
  • 8:30 am – 9:20 am – White Building
    • Agronomic Update
  • 9:30 am – 10:20 am – White Building
    • Pathology Update (Plant Diseases)
  • 10:30 am – 11:20 am – White Building
    • GAP Update and Labor Update
  • 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm – Red Brick Building
      • Sponsored Lunch – tables in side-rooms

NOTE:  Participants needing 2022 GAP Training Credit must attend the Agronomic Update, OR the Pathology Update, PLUS the GAP/Labor Update.

Speakers:

Andy Bailey – UT/UK Tobacco Specialist

Mitchell Richmond – UT Tobacco Specialist

Zach Hansen – UT Plant Pathologist

Andrea Keeney – UK PhD Student

Taylor Miller – UT M.S. Graduate Research Assistant

Amy Rochkes – GAP Connections

CEUs for CCAs:  Integrated Pest Mgmt – 1; Crop Mgmt – 1; Professional Dev – 1

Points for TN Commercial Applicators:  2 for Categories 1, 10, 12

Points for KY Commercial Applicators: 1 General & 1 Categories 1A and 10

Programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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NOW Accepting Applications for Conservation Programs for 2022

gd-message-nrcs-10-25-2021_originalDo you have resource concerns on your land? NRCS conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA), can help.

While NRCS accepts program applications year-round, one signup cutoff is approaching;  the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications need to be received for work in 2022 by NOVEMBER 19, 2021!

VISIT THE NRCS CONSERVATION PROGRAMS WEBSITE FORE MORE INFORMATION ON OTHER PROGRAMS OR CALL THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE!

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EQIP PROGRAM SIGNUP DEADLINE NOV. 19

FALL IS BUSY! WE ARE BUSY AT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT OFFICE WITH SEVERAL PROGRAMS GOING ON TO BENEFIT THE MONTGOMERY FARMER AND CONSERVATIONIST!

DEADLINE NOV. 19 – One of the biggest programs of the year, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), offered by the NRCS is going on NOW.  Signup and fill out all eligibility paperwork for cost share assistance on practices like cover crops (1 or 3 year contracts), cropland conversion, erosion control practices, cross fencing, alternative watering sources for livestock, heavy use/feed pads, high tunnels (hoop houses), streambank stabilization, and the list goes on!  Contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your resource concerns:  NLHolt@mcgtn.net or 931-368-0252 x 3.

Check out the formal news release below…long vue-gr wwy

USDA NRCS in Tennessee Now Accepting FY 2022 EQIP Applications
Application deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021


NASHVILLE, October 1, 2021
Producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farmland have until Friday, November 19, 2021 to submit their application for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

 “We accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, however, only the applications received by November 19th will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Sheldon Hightower, NRCS Tennessee State Conservationist.EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”

EQIP is an incentives-based program that provides technical and financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, wildlife habitat enhancement, and cover crops for soil resource protection.

Applications can be taken at all Tennessee NRCS county offices and USDA Service Centers.  To locate an office near you, please click visit the USDA Service Center website.  Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Applicants can submit a signed and dated Form NRCS-CPA-1200 in the office, hand delivered, mailed, scanned, emailed, or through an agency-approved business tool (Farmers.gov). If NRCS receives a program application request by other means, such as by telephone, a NRCS representative must manually prepare Form NRCS-CPA-1200, using the date NRCS received the request in order to establish the application cut-off deadline has been met. NRCS will follow up to obtain the participant’s signature to ensure the application was properly completed prior to ranking.

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives.  Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

Conservation planning services can also be obtained through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) who will develop a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use, such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, or forest land.  CAPs can also address a specific resource need, such as a plan for management of nutrients.  Although not required, producers who first develop a CAP for their land use, may use this information in applying for future implementation contracts.

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