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Conservation Conversation - April 2 2021 Newsletter, March 29, 2021

MULCH CAN HELP CONTROL WATER-ROBBING WEEDS — Managing garden weeds is a challenge all gardeners face, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent offers some advice to keep the weeds at bay that can be easily implemented with a bag of mulch and a few newspapers. LEARN MORE!

TWDB HOSTS SECOND STATEWIDE ASR-AR SUITABILITY SURVEY WEBINAR — The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is pleased to host a second webinar about the Statewide Survey of Aquifer Suitability for Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) or Aquifer Recharge (AR) Projects. The webinar will be presented at 1 p.m., Friday, April 9. The presentation will include the same content as the first webinar held on February 23. Please register in advance. More information about the project and access to the report is available on the project website.

USDA ESTABLISHING PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE FOR PRODUCERS — On March 24, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative — USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers — will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. READ MORE!

USDA-NRCS / TEXAS PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING AVAILABLE — The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced opportunities for partners to receive funding through its Texas Partners for Conservation Program. Applications must be submitted through by June 1. “Conservation of our natural resources can be achieved through effective collaboration with our network of partners to leverage NRCS resources and develop state and community level conservation leadership,” said Kristy Oates, NRCS state conservationist for Texas. CLICK HERE for more information!

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