Helpin’ Eric Zach, our Ag Program Manager for the Wildlife Division at Game and Parks, get the word out to you fellow ag producers that there is another USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up period fast approaching. This will be the 43rd general CRP sign up which will be taking place from from March 12th through April 6th. High commodity prices may make getting contracts for it tough. But, from a farming background and perspective, I would say to a fellow producer: “Farm your best, conserve the rest.” It’s okay to farm your best fertile ground, but the marginal, hilly ground with iffy soil – conserve it, e.g. the CRP! If you’re not aware of what the CRP does it’s this: It essentially puts highly erodible cropland into permanent cover for a period of at least 10 years. No other habitat program in this nation has accomplished what the CRP has! The environmental and economic benefits of CRP acres are many! Below are a couple pics of CRP acres from our Wagner Family Farm that I manage in southeastern Nebraska.
Click this link for additional info on the upcoming CRP sign up: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/gs43factsheet.pdf
And remember, if you build it (plant it), they will come!