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Signup for Continuous CRP and CREP Reopens

The ag industry faced some uncertainty as 2018 came to a close. Most funding from the 2014 farm bill expired on September 30, 2018, yet congress struggled to find a consensus for its replacement. Without a new farm bill in place to provide funding, programs such as CRP remained in limbo, unable to sign-on new

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Using CRP to Plant Milkweed and Save the Monarch Butterfly

Establishing pollinator habitat can offer numerous benefits to farmers. Not only do native, pollinator-friendly plants protect soil, but they help pollinators thrive. In turn, these pollinators provide crucial services for local crops and plant life, improving the health of the surrounding environment.  By enrolling in the right CRP practice, farmers and landowners can even be paid to establish

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What’s Causing the Decline of Monarch Butterflies?

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species of insect in the US. It is synonymous with the beauty of nature, gracing posters, book covers, photo galleries, and more. Yet future generations might never see one of these graceful creatures in person.  Between 1994 and 2016, the population of monarch butterfly decreased by 80%. Some experts fear it could go extinct in

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The Pollinating Practices of Monarch Butterflies

When it comes to pollinators, bees get a lot of the attention. They’re certainly important, with certain crops relying almost exclusively on bee pollination. But with issues such as colony collapse disorder affecting the world’s bee population, some experts are pushing for a greater emphasis on pollinator diversity.  After all, butterflies, moths, birds, bats, and even some

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Dealing with Colony Collapse Disorder Among Honeybees

Where are all the honeybees going? That is the billion-dollar question agriculturalists across the world are asking. Colonies are dying out in large quantities as the majority of their worker bees simply disappear. It’s called colony collapse disorder.  Between 1947 and 2005, the number of honeybees in the US decreased from 5.9 million to 2.4 million.  If honeybees continue to disappear at the current

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