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"Promoting Soil and Water Conservation in Henry County since 1951"
This week is the 65th NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) Stewardship Week and this year we are focusing on how important pollinators are to our environment with “Where would we BEE without Pollinators". Pollinators play a vital role in our environment. Three-fourths of the world's flowering plants and about 35% of the world's food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. In fact, some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists becasue of animal pollinators like bees, butterfiles, moths, birds, bats, beetles and other insects. However, in recent years, there has been an alarming decline in population. Plants depend on these animals for reproduction, and without pollinators, many plants will either produce less seed or no seed at all. The bottom line is, when pollinators start disappearing, plants start disappearing. The good news is conservation can help!
Helping to increase the pollinator population has become a major focus to the NRCS as we work together with our many partners and private land owners to provide new habitats for pollinators and improve existing ones. Fields and forests with wildflowers and other plants are a fortress to pollinators and provide a great food source. Contact our office today to find out how to attract pollinators and provide a healthy habitat to your farm, ranch, or home!
Visit the NACD Stewardship Week website here to view and download educational material and resources on pollinators and learn more about "Where would we BEE without Pollinators".
Happy Earth Day!! Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 to provide a voice for emerging enivronmental concerns and led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of several important environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. Over 20 millions Americans took to the streets that day to rally for the environment. Although we can't rally together like they did 50 years ago, we can still do our part to protect our environment and impact our future by protecting our natural resources. The NRCS and Henry County SCD is comitted to helping farmers, ranchers, and landowners become even better conservation stewards by providing the tools and assistance they need to protect our natural resources.
Click here to see how the NRCS can help provide the tools you need to make positive impacts on changing climate.
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering funding for innovative partner-driven projects to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and soil health in four Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) areas in Tennessee.
To be considered for program funding, applicants must operate land within the focus area of the respective RCPP project. The deadline to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding is Friday, May 1, 2020.
“The Regional Conservation Partnership Program draws on local knowledge and networks to fuel conservation projects, bringing together a wide variety of new partners including businesses, universities, non-profits, and local governments,” said Sheldon Hightower, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist. “While we are taking the necessary precautionary measures to help prevent the spread coronavirus, we will continue to provide one-on-one, customer-specific service to producers to help them meet their conservation and business goals.”
At this time, NRCS staff are working with customers through phone, mail and online communications, and field work continues with appropriate social distancing to help producers with conservation planning and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs.
Please contact us at (731) 642-0761 Ext 3 for more information on RCPP.