Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program Urban Green and Community Garden Program
Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the effects of social distancing measures on all types of business, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is extending the deadline for all OSWA and UGCG applications.
The deadline for applications will be extended by 30 days to July 1, 2020.
DEEP is granting a 60 day extension for the property appraisal portion of the application. The appraisal(s) and/or appraisal review must be submitted by August 1, 2020.
As a COVID-19 precaution and for efficiency in processing, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit appraisals electronically. Please submit to Allyson.Clarke@ct.gov
The State's open space financial aid program available to towns, non-profit land conservation organizations, and water companies to acquire land for the protection of local outdoor recreation, unique ...
. News from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
A second batching date has been announced for FY2020 funding for two of the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) conservation programs. Agricultural producers working to improve overall conservation on their farming operation are urged to apply for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program.
EQIP is a voluntary program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land. It also provides payments for implementing practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term production and sustainability. Eligible crop production includes, but is not limited to, field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards.
AMA provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management through irrigation systems and improvements.
Although NRCS accepts applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by April 17, 2020.
Producers have several options to submit applications: • Fill out the NRCS-CPA-1200 (Conservation Program Application) online, save, then email it to your conservationist at your local service center • Download the NRCS-CPA-1200, fill it out and either mail it, or scan and email it to your conservationist at your local service center To find out more, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center: • Danielson (860) 779-0557 • Hamden (203) 287-8038 • Norwich (860) 887-9941 • Torrington (860) 626-8852 • Windsor (860) 688-7725 ... See MoreSee Less
Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Connecticut Farmers on COVID-19
TONIGHT! Monday, March 23, 2020 ZOOM Video-conference/Teleconference 7 p.m. ET
Tonight, the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association is hosting a virtual town hall meeting for Connecticut Farmers on COVID-19. Learn up-to-date information on the COVID-19 emergency and its impact on Connecticut farms, ask questions, address problems, and share strategies and resources tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Agenda: 1. Newest guidance and resources for farmers 2. Up-to-date financial support and services available for agri-businesses 3. Your questions 4. General concerns, issues, problems, problem solving strategies, feedback
Featured speakers: • Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Agriculture • Clark Chapin, State Director, USDA Farm Service Agency • Bonnie Burr, Assistant Director/Department Head, UConn Extension • Don Tuller, President, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association • Joan Nichols, Executive Director, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
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