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CRP vs. Crop Rotation – What’s Best for My Land?

Growing the same crops in the same spot year after year can take a toll on soil, depleting it of certain nutrients and leaving it unbalanced. As the soil’s health decreases, water runoff and erosion increases, damaging the soil further. Ultimately, this results in weaker crop yields.  Farmers have long employed techniques to combat this.  One of the more aggressive methods of keeping soil balanced

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How Soil Erosion and Farming Practices Lead to the Dust Bowl

In 1929, the United States stock market crashed, kickstarting a decade long period known as the Great Depression. The exact causes for this crash are heavily debated to this day, though common factors typically include overproduction of crop and industrial materials, overpricing of stock values, and easy credit/loan practices.   Farmers were already in a tough spot leading

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The Importance of Pollinator Diversity in CRP

The honeybee has long been the US’s main pollinator, contributing over $15 billion to our economy every year. Over the past few decades, however, the honeybee has seen its population cut in half largely due to colony collapse disorder.   If things continue at this rate, the honeybee could be extinct by 2035.   Unfortunately, counteracting CCD directly has proven to be difficult. Eliminating the use

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How CRP Can Help Restore Balance to the Environment

This past month, we’ve been examining the effects that agriculture and the environment can have on each other. While farming does immeasurable good for people around the world, certain modern practices can take a toll on soil, water supplies, animal habitat, carbon emissions, and more.   Meanwhile, changes in the earth’s climate have caused disruption to the seasons and cycles that

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How Climate Change is Affecting Farming

While people disagree on the severity (and to a degree, the causes), our world’s environment has been changing. Some areas are experiencing droughts and water shortages. Others are experiencing record rainfalls and flooding.  The average temperatures around the world are slowly rising as the air’s carbon dioxide levels are higher than ever. We’ve seen abnormally long summers. Unseasonably warm falls. And while some of these events might

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What People are Saying About FDCE

Over the past 17 years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with CRP contract holders across the US, assisting them in establishing over 360,000 acres of native grasses, forbs, and pollinator habitat. Today, we’d like to share the stories of just a few of those farmers, managers, and landowners. Please click the video below to

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