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Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, along the river, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you and your property. We'll help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

The state of Arkansas has a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

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Conservation Districts
According to the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, their 75 conservation districts are political subdivisions of the State of Arkansas. They were established for the purpose of conserving Arkansas’s land and water resources as authorized by Act No. 197 of the Arkansas General Assembly of 1937, the Nation's first conservation district law.

The idea behind the formation of the AACD is to keep decision making on soil and water conservation matters at the local level. Each district is governed by a board of five directors who serve without pay. Two directors are appointed by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and three are elected by resident landowners.

The districts, along with nearly 3,000 conservation districts nationwide, provide assistance to its citizens through cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, businesses and civic organizations.

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership is a partnership, formed in 1992, that consists of seven organizations:

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership strives to more effectively assist private landowners in meeting the conservation challenges of the 21st century.

One partnership effort devoted to air quality concerns is the state’s model carbon sequestration project led by the Central Arkansas RC&D Council, which will restore a total of more than 7,800 acres working with the NRCS.

Cooperative Extension
The University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture houses the state’s Cooperative Extension Service, with offices in all 75 counties. Extensions provides educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Extension's overall purpose is education to help people make intelligent decisions about their land, their families, and their environment. Extension's unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Arkansans.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service can provide advice and technical assistance in agriculture, home and garden, and natural resources management. Specific topics of interest to private landowners include:

  • Horticulture: lawn and garden care, fruits and vegetables, weed control, turf care
  • Forestry and tree management and health
  • Aquaculture (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff)
  • Environmental issues, policies and practices for communities, homes and farms
  • Family financial issues; i.e. estate planning, credit management and family financial planning
  • Rural community development
  • Leadership development
  • Agricultural economics
  • 4-H and youth development
  • Entomology
  • Safety issues; i.e. farm, product and weather
  • Arkansas agricultural commodities: dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, soybeans, rice, cotton
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USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

End of direct payments represents one of the most significant farm policy reforms in decades. USDA launches education efforts to help producers choose new program right for them. (Reposted from USDA Newsroom)

USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels.

Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2

USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges

USDA provides $328 million for agricultural and wetland easements

Farmers Given an Early Termination Option for CRP Contracts

Early termination of CRP contracts will be allowed until Jan 30th, so long as certain criteria are met.

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Farm Bill program will benefit wildfire and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others.

What To Do With All of the Poo?

Algae blooms, salmonella and E. Coli, groundwater contamination, and bad smells are just a few of the problems animal manure can cause. In small doses, it’s the stuff of life—the fertilizer plants need to grow. Mishandled, it’s an environmental disaster in waiting. Each year, farm animals in the United States produce over 335 million tons of manure. That’s roughly the weight of 1000 Empire State Buildings.

Dirty Underwear Shows How to Keep Pasture Healthy

There’s nothing like a pair of dirty drawers to drive home a point about soil health.

Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products

Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.

Ask FSA Andy about conservation plans: wetland and highly errodible lands

FSA Andy answers your questions about highly errodible land and wetlands.

Skyrocketing Fire Costs

New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs

Other Forest Programs, Including Efforts to Help Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage Have Shrunk; Secretary Vilsack Renews Call to Better Protect Public Forests from Wildfire Threats

USDA Announces $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products

    Funding Supports Local and Regional Food Systems, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

USDA Announces Selection of Advisory Committee Members to Help Guide Management of Public Forests and Grasslands

21 new members have been selected for the FACA.

Study: Strawberry Monitoring System Could Add $1.7M over 10 Years to Some Farms

A new UF/IFAS study shows growers can use the Strawberry Advisory System, a web-based tool that Peres helped design, to save up to $1.7 million over 10 years in fungicide use. Instead of spraying weekly, growers can use the system to tell them more optimal time to spray their strawberries.

USDA Announces Inclusion of Wood Products and Other Materials in BioPreferred Program

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Global Open Data Partners and Measures to Enhance U.S.–Africa Trade at Africa Leaders Summit

U.S. Forest Service Will Award $14 Million for Working Forests

General Mills Issues Statement on Climate Change, Agriculture's Role

As weather volatility increases, General Mills recognizes the need to mitigate the climate change risks presented to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods. The urgency is clear: science-based evidence points to changes in climate that could permanently alter the atmosphere if action isn't taken in the near term.

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

Revised modernization effort includes new preventative measures, re-focused inspection activities that will prevent thousands of illnesses annually and improved coordination on worker safety

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil

USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision

2014 Farm Bill Measure Strengthens and Expands Insurance Coverage Options for Farm Operations

Not So Easy Money: The Pros and Cons of Leasing Farm Land to Hunters

White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker.

Do you have your AD-1026 certification form on hand?

For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA.

USDA conservation program helps ranchers preserve farm and wetlands

The new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides finanical and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to protect farmland and wetlands.

Delta farmers meet initial goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells

As the June 30 deadline passed, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that the 5 percent goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells supported by the Delta Sustainable Water Resource Task Force had been officially met.

United States and Korea Streamline Organic Trade

The US and Korea have entered an arrangement where organic processed products certified in either country can now be labeled as organic in the other.

USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available

Farm Bill funds supports 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network.

USDA Announces Loan Rates for 2014-Crop Peanuts

The CCC announced 2014 crop loan rates for select peanuts.

USDA Announces New Farm Bill Funds Available for Research to Fight Citrus Greening

$31.5 Million Being Allocated to Test Various Ways to Combat Disease Threatening U.S. Citrus Industry

Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

Nominations for local FSA county committees begins June 15 and ends Dec 1.

Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation

Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.

USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

Estimated ACRE Payments for 2013

This article by Gary Schnitkey from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois predicts ACRE payments for the 2013 crop year.

State Wildlife Directors Approve NBCI Implementation Plan for State-Level Bobwhite Restoration

 ‘Most ambitious collaboration in bobwhite conservation history’ provides specific guidance for states to show sustainable success in 5-10 years'

The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022

The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.

Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit

The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources

NBCI's 2013 Almanac Examines Bobwhite Restoration Advancements
While the wild bobwhite quail population continues to struggle, the momentum to restore their populations range wide continues to grow with several important pieces falling into place over the last year, according to Don McKenzie, director of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).

SEAFWA Endorses Full Funding for NBCI by States
The Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) has voted unanimously to endorse member states’ fully funding the core operations of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for an initial three-year period. 

Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
Science is connecting hotter, bigger fires and a longer, more intense fire season with changes in the climate.

Don’t plant fescue
JONESBORO – Every year about this time, hunters and private landowners begin planting fall and winter food plots for wildlife.

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