Michigan Organic Listserv
May 13, 2010

By: Vicki Morrone and Danielle Craft

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems


*USDA Seeking Applicants for Conservation Stewardship Program*

Michigan agricultural producers and non-industrial private forest land
owners have until June 11, 2010, to apply for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2010 sign-up. Producers
accepted into the program receive annual payments for implementing and
maintaining conservation activities on their land.

All types of agricultural producers are eligible to enroll in CSP including
forest land owners, specialty crop producers, livestock producers and row
crop farmers. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service administers
CSP and is currently accepting applications. Applications received after the
June 11 cut-off date will not be considered for funding until another
selection period is announced. NRCS can enroll up to 159,555 acres into the
program during 2010.

Producers accepted into the program will be offered 5-year contracts with
maximum annual payments of $40,000. Program payments are determined by the
number of acres enrolled, agricultural use of the enrolled land,
conservation measures already in place and new conservation activities that
will be installed. Producers can receive additional payments by implementing
a resource-conserving crop rotation. The program was first offered in 2009
and 258 Michigan farmers enrolled. Michigan farmers already enrolled in CSP
will receive an average of $8,480 over the life of their CSP contract

CSP requires farmers and forest product producers to enroll their entire
operations. Private and tribal lands are eligible to be enrolled. NRCS has a
self-screening checklist to help producers determine if CSP is a good fit
for their operation. The checklist is available at NRCS field offices and
online at Landowners and producers
can visit their local NRCS field office or conservation district for more

*National Fruit and Vegetable Organic Summary Now Available*

The USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is now publishing the
National Fruit and Vegetable Organic Summary.  The report is available free
every Tuesday at The summary is
easy-to-use providing market data, including wholesale and shipping point
process and movement data. The report provides all available organic market
data at a glance, which significantly reduces the amount of time customers
spend searching for organic market data.

For more information about the Market News Portal or the new National Fruit
and Vegetable Organic Summary, contact Fred Teensma at (510) 637-1815 or *
[log in to unmask]*.

*The Small Dairy Resource Book is now available Online*

Vicki H. Dunaway, evaluates the pros and cons of more than 150 resources,
from the most current information in print and online to out-of-print
publications that are useful for their timeless knowledge. Resources formats
include books, periodicals, videos, Web sites and others on a wide range of
topics related to farmstead dairy processing.

Resources are broken into the following categories:

   - Cheesemaking
   - Ice cream
   - Diary processing
   - Dairy animals
   - Business and marketing
   - Butter
   - Other dairy foods
   - Food Safety
   - Feeds and grazing

To view free online publication visit: **

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