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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

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Lanesborough Neighbors Negotiating Compromise in Fowl Complaint

Kara Zaks is working on a compromise with her neighbor Clark Gable over the chickens, ducks, and roosters she raises on her property. The two live next to each other on Narragansett Avenue and Zaks has some 80 ducks, chickens, and roosters. She raises them for food, eggs, to sell for extra income, and for a passion to protect endangered species.

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Adams Farm Receiving $50K Grant to Help Expand

Fourth-generation farmer Jane Burnett said the farm, which is in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program, received a slice of a $400,000 grant given to five farms throughout the state through the APR Improvement Program. The $50,000 will be used to build a garage to store and maintain equipment. Sixth-generation farmer and Burnett's grandson Zachary Bantle said the garage will help lower maintenance costs and allow the equipment to be worked on indoors instead of on the ground.

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Ioka Valley Farm Donates Tons of Food to Area Food Pantries

More than 4,000 pounds of squash and pumpkins were gleaned this past week by volunteers coordinated by Hoosac Harvest.

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New Children's Book Showcases Imperfect Produce

"The ugly-looking vegetables tasted just the same as the prettier ones." — Amelia Ritner

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Williamstown Ag Commission Weighs in on Livestock Bylaw Proposal

We want to set a standard so the guys who aren't professional know what is required for proper livestock maintenance." — Jeffrey Kennedy

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Williamstown Ag Commission to Discuss Proposed Livestock Bylaw

"The Board of Health definitely wanted the large professional farmers' input on this." — Jeffrey Kennedy

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DEP Highlights Food Waste Ban At Red Lion Inn

"We are avoiding disposal and disposal costs." — David Cash

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North Adams' Mountain Girl Farm Growing Naturally

"It grew from there; we started from one little goat to two and it kind of escalated." — Katie Barbeau

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'Pasture-ized' Partners WTF, Cricket Creek Farm

"We thought it was an awesome idea, and we're really excited." — Cricket Creek Manager Topher Sabot

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Hoosac Harvest Members Open Gardens for Annual Tour

"This money goes directly to trying to feed your neighbors, and I think that is a worthy cause." — Lee Venolia

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Arrowhead Cuts Ribbons on Renovations

"In refurbishing this house, it is important that we protect it and use it." — Betsy Sherman

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