CRP

The NRCS’s Role in CRP

In our last post, we discussed the role that the FSA plays in CRP. While FSA is involved throughout the enrollment and establishment process, they’re not the only organization that contract holders work with.  Another organization is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Formally known as the Soil Conservation Service, the NRCS is an agency of the USDA that provides financial and technical …

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FSA’s role in CRP

The Farm Service Agency (or FSA) is a branch of the USDA that primarily oversees a number of conversation programs. In their own words, the purpose of these programs is to address issues including: Drinking water protection Reducing soil erosion Wildlife habitat preservation Preservation and restoration of forests and wetlands Aiding farmers whose farms are damaged by natural disasters Of …

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Improving Soil Health with Native Grasses and Forbs

Healthy soil is a critical component for life on this planet. Not only does it grow our plants and crops, but it absorbs rainfall, decomposes organisms and waste, and stores over 4 trillion tons of carbon. Forests, by comparison, only store around 360 billion tons (learn more about the importance of carbon sequestration here.)  Though soil is often viewed as an …

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Using Native Grasses and Forbs for Carbon Sequestration

Our atmosphere’s carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are higher than they’ve been in 100,000 years. While CO2 is a natural part of the air we breathe, too much of it can be a very bad thing. As you may know, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which means it absorbs heat (unlike oxygen or nitrogen).   At proper amounts, CO2 serves a very important function of keeping …

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Promoting Bumblebees as Pollinators

Since being introduced to America in 1622, the honeybee has become our most prominent pollinator. In fact, the honeybee is responsible for $15 billion in US crops per year. But times are changing. Honeybees have seen their numbers sharply decline over the past few decades due to Colony Collapse Disorder.    With no clear answers on what causes CCD or how it can be …

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Controlling Thistle and Other Noxious Weed in CRP

CRP practices often contain a diverse selection of plant species native to the area where you live. But that doesn’t mean you can let just anything grow there. As with traditional farming, weed control is an important part of establishing CRP.  Weeds can hinder seed development, not to mention prove harmful for wildlife. If they’re not dealt with immediately and effectively, …

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Converting Land from One CRP Practice to Another

The process of converting old CRP to a new CRP practice can vary depending on the type of practice you’re enrolled in, as well as the condition of the land where it’s being established. The preparation of your land is very important for ensuring a successful conversion especially if the land has previously been in CRP.  Even if you’re reenrolling in …

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Importance of Establishment Mowing for CRP Seedings

When it comes to establishing CRP, the first two years are critical. Transitioning from farmland to native plants and natural habitat is a delicate process. First, the land must be cleared and prepared. Once it’s ready for planting, special equipment is utilized to plant the CRP seed mixes.  From there, the primary goal is to prevent weeds …

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Choosing Between CREP and Continuous CRP

Last week, we discussed the differences between general CRP and Continuous CRP (CCRP). CCRP is a specialized program that targets land deemed to be environmentally sensitive. Unlike general CRP, which relies on a bidding and rating process for enrollment, qualifying CCRP applicants are automatically accepted into the program (assuming there are acres available for enrollment in your state).  …

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General CRP vs. Continuous CRP – What’s the Difference?

(Click here to view our NEW General and Continuous CRP Options Fact Sheet) The Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) offers many great ways for farmers and landowners to take highly erodible or underperforming land out of active production so it can be used for different conservation methods. For those considering enrollment in CRP, one of the …

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