USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve ProgramMINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Under Secretary Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has enrolled 11.7 million acres in various CRP efforts. Click Here to read the entire article
The Partnership for Healthy Forests Featured on Outdoor Illinois Online
Kathy Andrews from Outdoor Illinois Magazine interviewed our 2011 Invasive Team and has now been posted on the Outdoor Illinois Online website. We were very thankful to have Nathan Camp and Jenna Annis for our 2011 summer interns. Click Here to read the article.
NPDES Permit for Pesticide Application
On November 1,2011 the federal requirement for an NPDES permit for certain pesticide applications went into effect. A federal court ruled that pesticide applied to, over, or near water are now regulated under the Clean Water Act in addition to being regulated by FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act). You can view the NPDES permit by clicking here.
A summary of when the permit is required can be downloaded by clicking here.