REGION — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.
At the writing of this column, the temperature is in the low 20s and the wind is blowing at 20 mph with higher gusts. A winter storm is forecast for the upcoming weekend, with several inches of snow possible before it turns to rain. It is certainly a good time to be indoors writing a River Talk column.
The year 2016 was about as tumultuous a year as most of us care to endure. Not only was it a political year, it was also a year of drought. Our brooks and streams were bone dry and river temperatures soared. For the most part, we were denied the opportunity for a day on the water as a pleasant diversion.
With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to think about the broad horizon of possibilities for 2017. One worthy goal to consider is committing to a deeper relationship with the abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Upper Delaware River region.
As some us are taking those first trips to the mall for gift buying, or digging out the Christmas tree lights from the attic, others are checking binoculars, spotting scopes and other birding equipment in preparation for the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
The holidays are here, and so are some great gifts for those who love birds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a unit of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY has some exciting offerings. Purchases help to fund the lab’s mission to improve understanding and protection of birds.
Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City) during the latter part of October. There is a large number of monarchs in the U.S.
HONESDALE, PA — Try a cup of Honduran coffee for free at Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co., 520 Main St. on Saturday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Northeast PA Audubon Society (NEPA Audubon), showcases “shade-grown” coffee grown by a collective of Honduran farmers. That evening, starting at 7 p.m.
As River Talk readers may know, one of my pet peeves is the problem of discarded fishing line along water bodies in the Upper Delaware River region.
The 2016 fishing season is all but over. The huge issue facing America has not yet been fully settled or resolved. I am speaking, of course of whether fly fishing trumps all other fishing methods. Now that’s power and influence.