Are you eligible for assistance under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program or the Emergency Conservation Program?
You may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program or the Emergency Conservation Program if your farm continues to recover from Sandy-related damages. Both programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the next deadline to apply for funding at the closest NRCS office in Riverhead is April 17th.
The Emergency Watershed Program can help you address watershed impairments that present imminent threats to lives and property if your land has suffered damage due to flood, fire, drought, windstorm, or other natural occurrence.
The Emergency Conservation Program provides financial assistance to farmers for the restoration of lands on which normal farming operations have been impeded by natural disasters. This program also helps with funds for carrying out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought. Emergency conservation assistance is available for removing debris and restoring permanent fences, terraces, diversions, irrigation systems, and other conservation installations. Conservation problems that existed before a disaster are not eligible.
Please contact the NRCS Service Center to find out if you are eligible for either or both programs.
NRCS Service Center Office
Riverhead Service Center
423 Griffing Ave
Riverhead, New York 11901-3011
(631) 727-3160 Fax
Farm Bureau Honors Mark Zaweski and Dan Gilrein
Long Island Farm Bureau recently honored two deserving individuals for their dedication to agriculture. Mark Zaweski, owner and operator of MKZ Farms, a 120 acre farm located in Jamesport, received the LI Farm Bureau's Amherst Davis Memorial Citizen of the Year. Dan Gilrein, LI Farm Bureau Citizen Honoree, is an Extension Entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County's Agriculture Program, based at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead, NY.
Hundreds of Farmers to Mobilize on Nat’l Agricultural Day
in Support of Long Island Farm Bureau’s Scientific Groundwater Plan at Schmitt’s Farm in Melville on Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30am
Surrounded by a large showing of farmers’ support, the Long Island Farm Bureau (LIFB) discussed a decade-long agricultural program, orchestrated by the LIFB, support agencies and organizations, that has helped to mitigate the impact of groundwater, at a press conference on National Agricultural Day, March 25th at Schmitt’s Farm in Melville.
Karen Rivara, President, Long Island Farm Bureau
Vito Minei, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County