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How Will the New Administration Impact Farmers?

On January 20, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Since then, he has passed over 50 executive orders with more on their way. Despite the lingering effects of the global pandemic, climate protection and clean energy remain primary focuses for President Biden’s administration.   This includes setting the US on a course of eliminating carbon pollution …

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Joining the Conservation Reserve Program in 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, many are looking optimistically towards the future. A new year brings new opportunities. For farmers and landowners interesting in joining the Conservation Reserve Program, enrollment for general CRP will be opening once more.  General enrollment for 2021 will begin on January 4th, and it will continue until February 12. During this time, interested prospects may submit a bid to earn a contract and enter …

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Synthetic Fertilizers and the Dangers of Nitrogen Pollution

Farmers have long relied on synthetic fertilizers to provide their crops with much needed nitrogen. Though nitrogen makes up 80% of our air, this gaseous state is unusable for plants. Fertilizers, on the other hand, are filled with nitrates, chemical compounds that provide plants with easily absorbed nitrogen.   While effective at helping plant life thrive, these …

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What Do I Need to Plant CRP?

Looking to enroll or just recently enrolled land in CRP? If you’re new to the program, it’s natural to have a few questions. The Conservation Reserve Program has a number of specific requirements that contract holders must follow, including what seed is used, how it’s planted, and how it’s maintained.  Before you get too far along in …

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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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How Farming Impacts the Environment

There is no denying all of the good that farming and agriculture does for people around the world. Modern farming in the US has led this country to great prosperity, putting food on our plates at an affordable price while we pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Of course, agriculture doesn’t just provide our food but fabrics, energy sources, medicine, and more.   As wonderful as …

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Understanding the Gulf of Mexico’s Hypoxic Zone

Spanning the shores of 5 US states and 6 Mexican states, the Gulf of Mexico is 10th largest body of water in the world, excluding oceans. It acts as a vital resource to both of its bordering countries, providing food, sport, oil, and more. Today, the Gulf of Mexico faces a growing threat that’s causing its waters to darken as marine life either leaves or …

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Introducing All Native Seed – A Better Way to Purchase High-Quality CRP Seed Mixes

FDCE is proud to announce the launch of our CRP seed retailer, All Native Seed. With All Native Seed, CRP contract holders can easily find the CRP seed mixes they need for their particular practice. All Native Seed offers seed mixes developed by the NRCS, as well as our own NRCS-compliant seed mixes.  Whichever type you …

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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 Cool Season Pasture Grass to Native Warm Season Grass

Cool season grass has long been popular throughout much of the US where it can be found everywhere from lawns to farm fields. While cool season grass thrives in the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and moisture is prevalent, it struggles in the hot dry summer months. Native warm season grass (or NWSG), on the …

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