Although the snow is still on the ground, it’s not too early to think about a conservation planning field visit for the upcoming 2016 Field Season. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages farmers and private forestland owners to request conservation planning assistance by APRIL 30th to ensure a spot on the 2016 Menominee County field visit schedule. Requesting assistance by April 30th not only gives ample time to complete a field visit during the upcoming growing season, it also gives sufficient time to develop a Conservation Plan that addresses landowner objectives and potential natural resource conservation opportunities. A NRCS Conservation Field Visit with local NRCS Conservation Planners is free of charge, and enrolling in USDA / NRCS programs is completely voluntary. With a complete NRCS Conservation Plan, a cooperator may decide to apply for financial assistance to implement conservation practices on their property. A few of the many practices that may be applicable locally include: Forestland Improvements Forest Management Planning Tree / Shrub Planting Wildlife Habitat Establishment Invasive Species Control Cropland Improvements High Tunnel System for vegetables Honeybee and Pollinator Plantings Cover Crops Nutrient Management Headquarters Improvements Waste Storage Facility On-farm Agrichemical Handling Facility On-Farm Energy Efficiency Planning Fuel Storage Secondary Containment Pastureland Improvements Fence Watering Facility and Pipelines Prescribed Grazing Planning Pasture Planting To request your 2016 NRCS Conservation Field visit in Menominee County, contact District Conservationist Craig Aho at 906-753-6921x107, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the USDA Service Center: E106 South Drive in Stephenson. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.