Monthly Archives: October 2012

Signups for USDA Farm Bill Programs Run Through November 16, 2012

Producers interested in applying for several popular Natural Resources Conservation Service programs must complete applications by November 16, 2012 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013. The specific programs are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Organic, On Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel and Working Lands for Wildlife Initiatives.

EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes on their farms or ranches.

The Organic Initiative can help certified and transitioning organic producers invest in conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, or drip irrigation.

The On-Farm Energy Initiative offers producers the opportunity to develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans that assess their farms’ energy consumption for equipment and farm facilities. Or it can help producers to implement conservation practices identified in their Agricultural Energy Management Plan.

 The Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Initiative helps producers plan for and install steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend the growing season.

Applications for these programs received by November 16 will be evaluated and ranked for approval based on available funds. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, but only applications received by November 16th will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013.

For more information on these programs as well as eligibility requirements, stop by your local USDA service center or visit NRCS online at


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ISWCC Is Looking for a Water Quality Resource Conservationist

The Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission has one immediate opening for a Water Quality Resource Conservationist.  The service area for this position covers Region 4 in south central Idaho including Twin Falls, Gooding, Blaine, Arco, Challis, and Salmon.  We’ve posted part of the job announcement, so if you want to learn more, please click here.

Core Responsibilities:

Provide technical assistance in water quality plan development and implementation for Soil Conservation Districts and serve as the primary point of contact and liaison between area Soil Conservation Districts and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Conduct resource inventories for agriculture land use areas.  Identify and define water quality and other resource concerns originating with agriculture activities, giving priority to implementation within TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) areas, water quality impaired watersheds, and ground water nitrate priority areas.

Provide local leadership & technical assistance for implementation of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in partnership with the USDA
For more information, or to apply to the position, please click here.

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IASCD September/October eNewsletter Has Been Posted

Our September/October eNewsletter has been posted on our website.  You can click here to read it.

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