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AnnouncementFebruary 6, 2015



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce USDA enhanced trade mentorship tools. We also announce a February 18th NRCS conservation webinar. 

USDA Announces Enhanced
Trade Mentorship Tools

USDA is pleased to announce opportunities for farmers and ranchers seeking to develop their export capacity. Under the initiative, USDA will enhance partnerships with State and Regional Trade Groups and Cooperators, and coordinate services to new and beginning farmers seeking to access export markets.


Learn More: "New to Exporting? Start Here"


New NRCS Webinar on Conservation Activity Plans: February 18

 On February 18, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a webinar to introduce the "NRCS Conservation Plan: Supporting Organic Transition," also called the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) 138. With the NRCS Conservation Plan, farmers transitioning to organic production, or organic farmers transitioning new land to organic production, can apply for financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices. 


Join the webinar on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time to learn about the newly revised NRCS CAP 138. This tool supports new and certified producers by addressing natural resource concerns as they transition their land to organic production.

To participate, visit: 

Conservation Activity Plan Webinar 

About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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