USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers
Recently, USDA NRCS State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers, including the newly added military veteran group.
A new website will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed: www.USDA.gov/newfarmers.
"New and beginning farmers are the future of American agriculture," said Hardisty. "The average age of an American farmer is 58 and rising, so we must help new farmers get started if we are going to continue feeding the world and maintain a strong agriculture economy."
The full press release with complete details can be found here.
Invasive Species Management Program, September 24-25
Invasive species are a serious threat to forests and wildlife habitat across Indiana and beyond. They can reduce biodiversity, impact growth of native trees and plants, and alter ecosystem function. Successful management of our native habitats depends on the ability of resource professionals to detect, prevent, monitor, and manage new and long established invasions, as well as increase public awareness about these growing threats.
The Indiana chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Indiana Society of American Foresters is excited to present this continuing education program, where local experts will provide a unique opportunity to learn about invasive species management.
More information about the program and the registration brochure are available at the Indiana Society of American Foresters website
Pre-registration is required by September 15.