2 Natural Resources Conservation Service How To Get Started With NRCSHow To Find Your Local NRCS OfficeSoil HealthSuccess StoriesStep-by-Step Video
3 USDA Organic Literacy Initiative What is Organic? Organic is a labeling term for food or other agricultural products that have been produced according to theUSDA organic regulations.IS Organic An Option for Me?
6 Seasonal High Tunnel (SHT) Helps producers plan and implement seasonal high tunnels, which are steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend growing seasons in an environmentally safe manner.Contact your local NRCS field office for more details regarding eligibility and application requirements.
7 SHT Supporting Practices 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation:• Revising the crops and/or sequence of crops grown under the seasonal high tunnel systems to address:Pest controlNutrient managementMarket demandErosion controlImprove water use efficiency340 – Cover Crop• Seeding and management of a cover crop after the tunnel is removed to address:Manage soil moisture
8 362 – Diversion• Install a diversion to divert surface water away from the seasonal high tunnel structure.449 – Irrigation Water Management• Developing and implementing a plan to determine and control the volume, frequency, and application rate of irrigation water in a planned and efficient manner.620 – Underground Outlet• Installed to convey surface water to a stable outlet.590 – Nutrient Management• Manage the amount, source, timing, and method of application of nutrients using the seasonal high tunnel system to address:- Crop nutrient needs- Change in water management system (e.g., from rainfall use to drip irrigation)- Minimize nutrient runoff and/or leaching- Reduce nitrogen emissions
9 595 – Integrated Pest Management (IPM) • Reduce the risk of pesticide runoff and/or leaching, development of an IPM Plan342 – Critical Area Planting• Establish permanent vegetation to stabilize erosion prone areas.441 – Irrigation System, Microirrigation• Install and manage a Microirrigation system to efficiently and uniformly apply irrigation water and maintain soil moisture for plant growth and prevent contamination of ground and surface water by efficiently and uniformly applying chemicals.• The Microirrigation system may be eligible for financial assistance if the field had a history of irrigation within 2 of the last 5 years
10 Field Office Technical Guide What is the FOTG?Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.Section IV link
12 New From the 2014 Farm BillHighly erodible land is any land that can erode at excessive rates because of its soil properties. Highly erodible land is designated by field and based on the proportion of the total field acreage that contains highly erodible soils.The 2014 Farm Bill re-established the applicability of the HELC and WC provisions to crop insurance subsidies. The Act made no change in HELC and WC implementation with respect to NRCS and FSA programs.
13 Farm Bill Cont.Producers obtaining federally reinsured crop insurance will not be eligible for any premium subsidy paid by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) for any policy or plan of insurance if the producer:Has not filed an accurately completed AD-1026 with FSA certifying compliance with HELC and WC provisions; orIs not in compliance with HELC and WC provisions. Unless specific exemptions apply, a producer must:Be in compliance with a NRCS-approved conservation plan for all highly erodible land;Not plant or produce an agricultural commodity on a wetland converted after Feb. 7, 2014; andNot have converted a wetland after Feb. 7, 2014, to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.
14 Value-Added Producer Grant Purpose is to assist eligible Agriculture producers develop strategies to create marketing opportunities and to develop plans for viable marketing opportunities.Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product.WHAT…….Processing tomatoes for salsa
15 USDA: Rural Development Contact:Brian WilesBusiness & Community Programs Director100 USDA Suite 108, Stillwater, OKVoice: (405)