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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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Virginia Producer uses USDA Conservation Program to Protect Livestock

Farming is a risky business and like most, Virginia producer Melvin “Max” Whitlock has experienced his fair share of livestock losses. Over the course of the last several years, Whitlock had the misfortune of losing two calves to the marshy … 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 Credited with Keeping Sage-Grouse Off Endangered List

Conservation Reserve Program Yielding Results in Washington State  Editor’s note: The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted with the development of this article. Washington state’s sage-grouse population has been on the decline since 1985, but for the past … Continue reading

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USDA Conservation Program Helps Reduce Flooding Concerns along Tennessee’s Red River

Like every farmer, Brendan Finucane needs rain to transform the seeds he plants into a bountiful harvest.  For Finucane, and others who farm along the Red River in Tennessee’s northeast Robertson County, too much rain during the growing season brings … 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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