Fitting Noble Research Institute Recommendations to USDA Guidelines
The various United States Department of Agriculture programs impacting land managers are creating a large volume of work for USDA agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Although programs like Technical Service Providers (TechPros) are being created to allow certain trained and certified persons to develop recommendations for land managers, they are not in place yet. The need for recommendations for programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), is growing.
The Noble Research Institute's Agricultural Division is attempting to remain as up-to-date as possible in providing recommendations to land managers and assisting USDA personnel. If we are developing any plans for you, and you are applying for funds from any of the USDA programs, please tell us you are applying – and tell the USDA person we are already involved in assisting you with plans. In many instances, we can work together with your local USDA representatives and save them valuable time. Our goal is to help land managers obtain useful products and services as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Though there has been much publicity about the provisions of the new farm bill, if you have not visited with your local USDA offices, you may not be fully aware of what is available. Programs, along with considerable funding, to conserve our land and water resources are key parts of the bill.
We certainly advocate proper conservation of these valuable resources and encourage you to utilize the USDA assistance.