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Grafton County Conservation District

The Grafton County Conservation District assists interested land users with technical, educational and financial conservation services to protect, improve and sustain our natural resources.
 

Resources

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food (DAMF) Crop Loss Program

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food (DAMF) Crop Loss Program will provide up to $8 Million in relief in response to weather-related damages of 2023. The program, developed in collaboration with staff from UNH Cooperative Extension, is designed to help New Hampshire Farmers who suffered significant crop losses as a result of extreme weather conditions which negatively impacted farms during 2023. For full program details please read the Eligibility and Program Instructions document here: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/  Applications are open until May 15th, 2024.

 

CT River Watershed Best Practices Survey

Are you a farmer in VT or NH who farms in the CT River Watershed?

Take 10-15 minutes to complete a survey on which BMP’s you practice or would be most willing to implement.

Windham NRCD and project partners throughout VT and NH are working to identify best management practices (BMPs) for reducing nitrogen runoff into the CT River Watershed!

Surveys are 100% confidential and will not be used for reporting or regulatory purposes. Producer stipends are available! 

Take the survey today and receive a $50 gift card: tinyurl.com/BMP-Survey                                                    BMP Survey 

Interested in engaging further? Producer stipends are available. We have three subcommittees working on various aspects of this project: 

Survey Design Subcommittee – is working to design the survey we’ll use to gather info from farmers on BMPs and barriers to implementation. 

Producer Outreach Subcommittee – is working to create a plan for outreach to make sure we reach farmers that are representative of the types and sizes of agriculture in the upper basin. 

Secondary Source Review Subcommittee – is working to find and evaluate existing research to inform the design of our project. 

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact us at windhamcountynrcd@gmail.com

Learn more about the program here: https://windhamcountynrcd.org/watershed-planning-project/

This program was made possible by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund.

 

New Hampshire Conservation District Climate Resilience Grant

The 10 New Hampshire Conservation Districts are thrilled to announce the 2024 grant round of the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant.  The mission of the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant is to support and empower local farmers to build climate resilience throughout the Granite State.  This will be done through reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) through greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration, and to increasing the resiliency of New Hampshire Farms in a changing climate (adaptation), while meeting farm’s conservation goals and needs.  Extreme weather events, frequent and prolonged droughts, and increased pest pressures are increasing intensifying for NH farms.  This grant though the NH County Conservation Districts seeks to support farmers in meeting those challenges.  Funds are available for projects that mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and enhance the on-farm adaptations to projected climate conditions.  Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate strong potential in mitigation and adaptation.  The application deadline for the 2024 grant round has closed.  Please check back for 2025 grant information.

An optional zoom informational session for interested applicants was held on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6:00PM.  Recorded Grant Information Session:    

        2024 Climate Resilience Grant Application              2024 Climate Resilience Grant Partnership Form  

2024 Climate Resilience Grant In Kind Contribution Tracking Form         

2024 Climate Resilience Grant Final Report Grafton                    2024 Climate Resilience Grant Information

Solar and Energy Resources        2023 Awards       NH Conservation Districts

 

Upper Valley Farmland Protection Initiative   

If you own or rent farmland in the towns of Bath, Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Lyme, Dorchester, Hanover, Canaan, Orange, Lebanon, Enfield and Grafton (UVLT service area), you may be eligible for funding to conserve that land through UVLT’s Upper Valley Farmland Protection Initiative, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which was formed to provide funding for the protection of our vital farmland in Grafton County that may not have met traditional funding requirements. 

 

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