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Kentucky Farmer Seizes Opportunity to Put Down Roots of His Own

By:  Kentucky Farm Service Agency For the first 25 years of Daniel Hayden’s life, he has dedicated his time working on other people’s farms. He fed cows, cut hay, hauled tobacco and for the past five years, managed his parents’ … Continue reading

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Texas Rancher Creates Haven for Lesser Prairie Chickens and Duck Nesting; a True Grassroots Conservationist

James Blackwell is a third-generation landowner and nature lover in Littlefield, Texas, which is northwest of Lubbock in the southern reaches of the panhandle, a one-time Dust Bowl region. He has about 2,500 acres straddling Lamb and Hockley Counties. When … Continue reading

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A Few Pennsylvania Acres in Conservation Makes a Big Splash in the Chesapeake Bay

Roger and Kandy Rohrer and their children know that even small changes on their farm help clean up important natural resources not far away. The family farms in Pennsylvania’s rural Lancaster County. The Rohrers have noticed tremendous environmental benefits on … Continue reading

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FSA Helps Beekeeper Share Passion for Honeybees

By Paula Blough, Michigan FSA Program Technician Steve Reiger has been captivated by bees since he was a young boy. So it is no surprise that he now has more than 100 colonies, received his Master beekeeper certification and is … Continue reading

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USDA Helps Fifth-Generation Tree Farm Recover from Hurricane Katrina

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast flattening Marilyn Sheridan’s fifth-generation virgin timber farm near Bogalusa in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The aftermath of this tropical storm left residents like Sheridan in desperate need of assistance. … Continue reading

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USDA Conservation Program Keeping Puerto Rico Water Sources Clean

Moises Velez-Santiago has been farming in Puerto Rico nearly three decades and understands the important role farming can play in protecting water quality for the island’s 3.5 million residents. Through the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), … Continue reading

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USDA Farm Service Agency Hails Two Environmental Milestones in One Year: The 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program, and 1 Million Acres Enrolled in its Wildlife Protection Offshoot.

North Dakota farmer, Harry Schlenker, enrolled the 1 millionth acre in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) when he enrolled 312 acres in LaMoure County.   By: Dan Janes, Communications Coordinator and GIS Management Analyst, North Dakota Farm Service … Continue reading

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A New Partnership Prepares Farmers for Complex Decisions

An important new partnership is preparing agricultural producers for decisions that need to be made soon so farmers can participate in safety-net programs that were created by the 2014 Farm Bill. Congress gave USDA and the Cooperative Extension System a … Continue reading

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Pitching Aquaculture and Microloans Is a Marine Veteran’s New Mission

Raising clams has always been a part of Michael McCarthy’s life — until Sept. 11, 2001. “That was my motivation,” said McCarthy, who was working with the New York/New Jersey Harbor relay program, purging and harvesting clams, when terrorists crashed … Continue reading

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

By Brenda Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist, FSA While in Texas for a national Farm Bill training for 300 Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees, FSA Administrator Val Dolcini ventured into the countryside to visit with farmers and ranchers in the Lone … Continue reading

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